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Rare Spanish Colonial Mother of Pearl and Silver Filigree Rosary




This gorgeous rosary is from a private collection. It was purchased in New Mexico and I believe it to be an 1800's Spanish Colonial style rosary. It is a large 28" long with the Mother of Pearl crucifix being 4". The crucifix is highly carved shell with the original curve of the shell on the back. It appears to be the four apostles on the tips of the cross with Mary beneath the figure of Jesus. The beautiful filigree center and links on either side of the Pater beads appear to be vermeil, gold over sterling. Note the large hand carved mother of pearl beads. Thanks to the owner for sharing this beautiful rosary.

Skulls on Rosaries

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Many antique rosaries used by nuns and priests had a carved bone skull attached, a Momento Mori, a reminder that we are mortal. This particular one does not appear to be bone, rather I believe it is jet, a very light carbonaceous natural material similar to coal that was highly prized during the late 1800's and used in mourning jewelry. Most antique "jet" beads are actually French jet, which is just black glass, this is because jet was rare and costly. This skull seems to be either bog oak or jet. Please be aware that there seems to be a rash of modern inexpensive Chinese/Tibetan bone skulls being added to historic rosaries. Please ask sellers questions about the origin of the skull, was it added recently? I have several modern rosaries in the designer section that are made of modern bone skull beads, but there is no deception intended, they are modern, I made the entire rosary. I firmly believe that antique rosaries should be left as they were found unless you are keeping them solely for yourself and then you may do as you please of course!

Exquisite Mid-1800s French Opaline Crystal and Sterling Rosary $475

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From the mid-1800s, the time of Napoleon III in France and the Civil War in the United States, comes this spectacular rosary of real opaline crystal and sterling. This is an incredibly handsome rosary with the subtlety of the beads and the glow of sterling. Note the gorgeous center with Mary, Mother of God, on one side and the Crucifixion on the other. The beads and cross are translucent with a hint of yellow when held to the light. Large and impressive, the rosary measures over 23" when laid flat and the crucifix is 2", not including the bail. The cross is made of carved opaline with sterling corpus. This is the fabulous opaline glass during its most popular time period, 1850s-1860s. The previous owner of this rosary has kept it in immaculate condition. This is an exquisite, high-end collector rosary, last known to be stolen in the Los Angeles area.

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