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 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
This is an amazing vintage crucifix for home devotions. It is designed to look like the ancient wayside crosses still commonly found in the European countryside. There are two steps leading to a bench or altar at the foot of the cross. The crucifix and altar are sheltered under an A-framed roof with small rocks as roof snow guards. These crosses have been erected over the centuries as way-markers and as memorials. They were popular stopping points for rest and prayer used by travelers on pilgrimage.
The entire piece is hand-carved wood with a gray plastic corpus.
This is a stunning antique engraving of the Crucifixion, showing Our Lord on the cross gazing toward heaven. The scene is entitled “Le Calvaire” (or Calvary) and is signed by B. Wicker with the notation “D’apres Van Dyk” meaning it was engraved in the likeness of a Van Dyk painting. Magnificent.
This is a stunning vintage holy water font. It is a highly detailed crucifix above a shell shaped font bowl. Our Lord is shown as very thin with His head falling forward. A sunburst radiates from behind Him while the Crown of Thorns encircles the cross. There is a beautiful angel at His feet above the font bowl which is entwined with ivy leaves. Absolutely gorgeous!
The crucifix is metal with a silvered finish against a vibrant red velvet background.
Condition: This does need dusting and will clean up beautifully.
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 stunning vintage crucifix. It is metal with a silver finish and exquisite green glass details. On the reverse is printed “Roma.” This was likely a souvenir from a visit to Rome, the Eternal City.
This is a unique vintage last rites set for the home. It includes a beautiful, gold-painted corpus on a wood cross. The crucifix opens to reveal a box that contains all the items needed for the priest’s visit. This set contains a petite holy water bottle, two unused wax candles, a folded linen, and the original cotton. There are two candleholders and a slot for standing the crucifix upright, making this a complete home altar.
Last Rites/Sick Call sets: These boxes are used in Catholic homes to store the items needed by a priest for the anointing of the sick and for extreme unction. The only items necessary for these rites are a crucifix, blessed candles, and holy water. However, many sets would often have had additional items such as cotton for the oil, a linen cloth, a spoon, a plate, and prayer books.
Please note: There is a small scratch on the cross. Please see pictures.
This is a vintage last rites set for home use. It contains all of the items needed to prepare for a priest’s visit: a crucifix, two candle holders, two silver plates engraved with the “IHS”, and a holy water bottle. Each piece is finished in bright silver. Absolutely magnificent.
This set comes in a case lined in purple satin with fitted spots for each piece, including space for two candles. The candle holders are fixed to the case, while the other pieces are removable.
Last Rites Sets:
These boxes were once used in Catholic homes to store the items needed by a priest for the Anointing of the Sick and for Extreme Unction. The only items necessary for these rites are a crucifix, blessed candles, and holy water. Many sets, though, would have additional items such as cotton for the oil, a linen cloth, a spoon, a plate, and prayer books. Some would store personal keepsakes such as rosaries and holy cards, as well.
Condition: There is some remnant wax beneath the candle holders. Please see pictures.
Dimensions: Crucifix - 7" tall; Plates - 5" dia.; Case - 13” long x 8” wide x 3” deep