This is a unique vintage religious medal. On the front is an image of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, a virgin martyr of the early Church. Inscribed on the reverse is the prayer “Save and Preserve Us”.
St. Catherine was a convert who was martyred at the age of 18, circa 300 AD. Her testimony and defense of the faith converted several hundred pagans who witnessed her persecution. She is the patron saint of many groups, including unmarried girls, students, apologists, and wheelwrights. Saint Catherine’s feast day is November 25.
This is a beautiful antique cameo in a unique setting. The cameo is a carved image of the Blessed Virgin Mary veiled, her head slightly bowed, with a magnificent radiant halo. The piece is made of hand-carved, pale pink shell in a deep setting with metal coil decorative detailing. Gorgeous.
Condition: The coil has shifted in some places. Please See Pictures.
This is a rare antique religious pin. It portrays the Blessed Virgin Mary holding a young Jesus. The figures are magnificently detailed showing the soft folds of Our Lady’s gowns, the chubby cheeks of the Christ Child, and their very subtle halos. The figures are framed as if this were a Baroque painting. Fantastic.
This is a rare antique religious medal. One side shows an image of Christ with His Sacred Heart exposed. The reverse shows the Blessed Virgin Mary holding a young Jesus in one arm and the scapular in the other.
History of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Brown Scapular
Our Lady of Mount Carmel gave the scapular to St. Simon Stock who was the Prior General of the order at the time of the revelation on July 16th, 1251. The Order of Carmel was undergoing great difficulties, and he prayed fervently to Our Lady for help:
“Flower of Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Mother of the Son of God. Amiable Mother, ever Virgin, give to thy children of Carmel the privilege of thy protection, Star of the Sea.”
Upon hearing this prayer, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon, holding the brown scapular in her hands and saying,
“This will be the sign of the privilege that I have obtained for thee and for the children of Carmel; whoever dies clothed with this habit will be preserved from the eternal flames.”
Our Lady told St. Simon that he only had to send a deputation to the Holy Father (Pope Innocent IV), and that he would not fail to assist the order.
All the baptized may receive the scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Through enrollment in the scapular, one acknowledges that he is called by God to be united in the spiritual family of Carmel, consecrated in love to the Virgin Mary. The Scapular of Mount Carmel is a form of the religious habit of the Carmelite Order, and it is a sign of a maternal relationship with the Mother of God. Those who are clothed with the scapular and entrust themselves to the Virgin Mary entrust themselves to her protection, have recourse to her maternal intercession, and are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life. The scapular garment is a reminder that through baptism we have been “clothed in Christ, with the assistance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who helps her children conform their lives to the Word Incarnate, that we may arrive in our heavenly homeland wearing our nuptial garb.”
This is a remarkable antique religious pin. It is a beautiful dove in flight, representing the Holy Ghost, and carrying a medal in its beak. The medal depicts a crowned Blessed Virgin Mary holding a young Christ in her lap.
This is an exceptional antique rosary for personal devotions. The crucifix is simple and elegant while the centerpiece incorporates flowing Art Nouveau styling. The centerpiece shows Christ and His Sacred Heart on one side and an image of Our Lady of Carmel on the other.
There is a beautiful two-toned medal attached close to the crucifix. It is a gold medallion of the Infant of Prague set against a silver background. The reverse reads “Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Dominican Fathers, Chicago Illinois” and is marked “Italy.”
The beads are luminous blue glass in a faceted diamond shape that catch the light. Both the centerpiece and crucifix are marked “sterling.”
Dimensions: Crucifix - 1.5" tall; St. Jude Medal - 1" dia.; Length - 19"
This is a gorgeous vintage crucifix. The pearled Lucite cross serves as a radiant backdrop to the metal corpus and the trefoil end caps, which represent the Trinity. There is an INRI scroll above Our Lord, and a magnificently detailed halo behind His head. The reverse is marked “Germany.”
Condition: The Lucite inlay is lifting off the base at one spot. This could be easily repaired. Please see pictures.
This is a wonderful antique religious medal. The central image is of a young child holding hands with an angel. The two are running or playing, and the child is pointing into the distance while the angel is pointing toward heaven. Around the figures is the French prayer, “Oh Holy Angel Be My Guide”.
The reverse shows a radiant star, representing Christ, above a wreath of lilies, representing purity. The outer edge is stamped in French, “Congregation of the Holy Angels”.
This is a striking vintage religious medal. One side shows an image of Christ giving a blessing with one hand and pointing to His Sacred Heart with the other. He has a beautiful halo and there are rays, representing the Light of God, radiating from behind Him. The other side of the medal is a stunning profile of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is fully veiled and her halo is simple but elegant. This is an unusually large, heavy medal.
This is a fantastic vintage religious medal. The central image shows Saint Joseph holding a young Jesus in one arm and carrying a sprig of lilies, representing purity, in the other. This scene is surrounded by elegant filigree with a burnished copper finish. There is a name engraved on the reverse, but it is not legible.