This is a gorgeous vintage crucifix from Germany. Christ is shown surrounded by relief images of the fourteen Stations of the Cross, also known as the Via Crucis. This piece is ideal for devotional contemplation of Our Lord’s Passion.
The entire piece is metal on a richly stained wood background. “Made is Germany” is stamped on the reverse.
Condition: There is some light pitting on the metal. Please See Pictures.
This is a remarkable example of religious folk art. Our Lord’s corpus is formed of intricately woven straw and hung on a crude wooden cross. Amazing.
Straw art, also known as popote or popotillo art, has a long tradition in Mexico. Local grasses are used to create straw paintings and figures. The 1930’s and 40’s saw a resurgence in the popularity of this art form.
This is a unique large crucifix. Our Lord is shown stretched tight against the cross. Behind him is a stylized sunburst representing God and heavenly glory. The cross is a rich brown, and the corpus is painted gold.
This is a very early faux wood product, similar to Barwood and Syroco Wood, dating to the first half of the century. The reverse is lined with purple felt and has the original metallic sticker which reads “Patented, Pardon Cross Corp. Chicago, Ill., Price $8.00”.
Condition: There is a crack in the sunburst that does not show in the front. Please see pictures.
This is a lovely antique standing crucifix with matching candlesticks perfect for a home altar or prayer corner. The crucifix is simple and elegant with subtle decorative details on the cross and beautiful winding floral designs on the base. The candlesticks have the same floral design on both the base and the bowl. The set is made of heavy metal painted a rich gold.
Please Note: The design is Art Nouveau (circa 1880s-1920s), but the gold paint appears to have been applied more recently.
Condition: There is a repaired crack on the back of the cross. Please see pictures.
Dimensions: Crucifix - 7" tall x 3.25" wide; Candlesticks - 4" tall x 2" square base
This is an elegant vintage wall crucifix. It is a simple wood cross with a highly detailed metal corpus. Our Lord is shown sagging on the cross with His head lowered in pain and sorrow. It is very moving.
This is a wonderful vintage crucifix that would be the perfect centerpiece for a home altar. It is a heavy cast metal corpus painted a subtle bronze. The cross stands above a three-tiered platform reminiscent of the steps before a high altar. This piece is marked “Made in West Germany”.
Condition: There is a wax stain on the reverse. Please See Pictures.
This is a unique vintage home altar. The central image shows Our Crucified Lord gently wrapped in the wings of the Holy Spirit while God the Father looks down from above. The piece is a print in a beautiful wood frame with a candle holder at the base.
This is a handmade piece from the Order of St. Michael, Apostolate for Liturgical Richness, Bellevue, WA.
Condition: There are some scratches. Please See Pictures.
This is a unique and striking vintage crucifix set. The centerpiece is a beautiful crucifix with figures of Mary and Joseph on either side. The crucifix and figures rest on an elegant platform with “Jesus Mary and Joseph, Pray for Us” written around a central ring, likely designed for a votive candle. The entire set is made of a syroco wood from Syracuse, NY
This is a wonderful antique crucifix. The corpus, INRI sign, and memento mori beneath Christ’s feet are also metal. The reverse has an elegant Crown of Thorns at the center of the cross. It is fairly heavy and would have been worn either as a pectoral cross or at the end of a monk’s or nun’s large rosary.
Skull & Crossbones
The skull at the base of the cross has several symbolic meanings: Christ’s victory over death; Christ as the New Adam crucified on Golgotha “the Place of the Skull” believed to be where Adam is buried; as well as a memento mori - a reminder of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.
This is an elegant vintage wall crucifix. It is a simple wood cross with a highly detailed corpus made of early hard plastic. Our Lord is shown stretched tight against the cross as He gazes toward heaven in sorrow. It is very moving.
This is a wonderfully detailed antique hand-carved crucifix. The cross is carved to look like rough hewn logs and seems to erupt from a patch of reeds growing on a mound of rocks. Above Christ’s head is the INRI, and beneath His feet are the skull & crossbones. Throughout the history of the Church, the skull & crossbones symbol has had several meanings: Christ’s victory over death, Christ as the New Adam crucified on Golgotha “the Place of the Skull”, and as a memento mori – a reminder of death and the Four Last Things.
Behind the cross can be seen four of the tools associated with Our Lord’s Passion known as the Arma Christi:
The Reed – which was mockingly placed in Jesus' hand as a scepter. The Ladder – used for the Deposition, i.e. the removal of Christ's body from the cross for burial. The Holy Lance – with which a Roman soldier inflicted the final of the Five Wounds in Jesus' side. The Holy Sponge – set on a reed, with which gall and vinegar were offered to Jesus.
Condition: One arm of the skull & crossbones is missing. Please see pictures.
Dimensions: Crucifix – 17” tall x 7” wide; Base – 4.75” wide x 4” deep