This is a unique religious devotional brooch. The center is a petite image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in profile enameled in beautiful bright blue. This medal is framed in pearly lucite on a gold finished background. Gorgeous!
This is a gorgeous vintage rosary. The beads are delicate ovals made of luminous mother of pearl. The centerpiece is hexagonal with an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in profile. The crucifix is very elegant and includes roses carved into the cross behind the corpus. “France” is printed on the reverse of the crucifix.
This antique devotional crucifix is from the late 1800s. It is comprised of a detailed crucifixion scene surrounded by symbols of the events and tools of Christ’s Crucifixion, also known as the Arma Christi.
The frame of the shadowbox is solid wood that has been intricately carved and gilded. The reverse still has its original paper backing. A wire has been attached for hanging, although this type of box was originally designed to be recessed into a wall. The interior of the box is lined in satin and has silk flowers strewn across the bottom.
The vignette contains a highly detailed background print of the Blessed Virgin Mother and Mary Magdalene at the foot of the cross while behind them lays the city of Jerusalem. The crucifix is wood with a gilded metal corpus and a silver halo. Beneath the scene is a plaque that reads “Thy Kingdom Come” “100 days Indulgence each time - Pius IX, 14th June 1877”.
Symbolism of the Arma Christi:
The Pillar - where Christ was scourged.
The reed - which was placed in Jesus' hand as a sceptre in mockery.
INRI - Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum (Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews).
The Holy Grail - the chalice used by Jesus at The Last Supper, and which some traditions say Joseph of Arimathea used to catch His blood at the crucifixion.
The Seamless Robe of Jesus
The Dice - with which the soldiers cast lots for Christ's seamless robe.
The Rooster - that crowed after Peter's third denial of Jesus.
The Vessel -used to hold the gall and vinegar.
The Ladder - used for the Deposition, i.e. the removal of Christ's body from the cross for burial.
The Hammer - used to drive the nails into Jesus' hands and feet.
The Pincers - used to remove the nails.
The Vessel of Myrrh - used to anoint the body of Jesus, either by Joseph of Arimathea or by the Myrrh bearers.
The Shroud - used to wrap the body of Jesus before burial.
The Bag of Money - thirty pieces of silver, the price of Judas' betrayal.
The Lantern - used by the arresting soldiers at the time of the betrayal.
The Swords and Staves - used by the Roman soldiers.
The Sword - used by Peter to cut off the ear of the High Priest's servant.
Please note: The lantern and the whip should dangle from the cross, but they have fallen off and are loose in the case. The back is not sealed, so these should be easy to retrieve.
This is a fantastic pair of antique bookends. They depict Saint George as he vanquishes the infamous dragon, representing the devil. Saint George is shown in full medieval armor including a feather plume cresting his helmet. His huge muscular horse is rearing as if to trample the evil at its feet in aid of his rider. The image is vibrant and alive. Wonderful.
This is a rare vintage devotional piece. It is a clock designed to help those who wish to offer spiritual communion in union with Holy Mass. At any given moment, Mass is being prayed somewhere in the world, and this piece can locate (within the hour) where a Mass is being offered. The user dials in their current time, and the windows will show three locations around the world that might be offering Mass.
The front of the piece has an image of Christ crucified with two figures below Him catching His blood in a chalice. Between the figures it reads: “My Sacrifice in His.” Printed around the outer edge are the words, “I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood now being offered in the Mass in _____”, with the blank filled in with the name of a city on the P.M. dial.
On the reverse is the concurrent A.M. location with the following prayer: “Eternal Father, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I wish to unite myself with Jesus, now offering His Precious Blood in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”
This piece is roughly the size of an old pocket watch and was likely attached to a chain in similar fashion.
This is a stunning antique holy water font for home devotions. The central image is a relief of Christ wearing the Crown of Thorns. Our Lord is gazing toward heaven with an expression of pain and anguish under a heavy thicket of thorns. It is a truly moving piece, a reminder of His sacrifice for us.
This font is solid bronze and has a beautiful light patina developing in the crevices.
This is a beautiful vintage holy water font. It is replete with Catholic symbolism. The bowl is set at the foot of a cross, the symbol for Faith; there is an anchor leaning on the cross representing Hope; the cross and anchor are bound by a wreath made of both grapes and wheat which along with the large chalice represent the Eucharist. The bowl itself is a seashell to remind us of our baptism. Wonderful!
This is a beautiful vintage devotional wall plaque. The Blessed Virgin Mother is shown holding a young Christ in her arms. Our Lady is looking outward while Jesus is dozing snuggled into her neck. So Sweet.
This is a remarkable vintage crucifix. It shows Our Lord crucified with large wooden stakes as the cross seems to bend under His weight. The artist’s skill can be seen in the fine detailing and use of rich wood stains. It is magnificent and very moving.
There is an “IHS” christogram at the base which is designed to look like three steps, simultaneously representing the hill of Golgotha and the steps leading up to the high altar.
Condition: The stake is broken in the right hand. Please See Pictures.
This is a beautiful religious painting. It is an image of Saint Helena after the famous painting “Saint Helena” by Cima Da Conegliano, c. 1495.
Saint Helena of Constantinople
St. Helena was the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great and an Empress of the Roman Empire. She is known for her great works of charity and for finding the True Cross of Christ’s crucifixion. St. Helena is the patron saint of new discoveries and her feast day is celebrated on August 18.
This is a fantastic antique collector’s piece. It is a photograph of the statue of Our Lady of Pont-Main in a metal shadowbox. The photo is framed with hand-painted gold detailing, and the glass front is reverse painted in white and blue colors with the words “Souvenir de N.D. de Pont-Main” (Souvenir of Our Lady of Pont-Main).
Our Lady of Pont-Main is also know as Our Lady of Hope. In 1871 the Madonna appeared in a small village in France. The apparition of the Blessed Virgin lasted 3 hours and could be seen only by the children of the village. Mary brought a message of hope during the Franco-Prussian war.
Please note: This item has not been cleaned.
Dimensions: 7" tall (with bale) x 4.75" wide x 0.75" deep
This is a gorgeous vintage holy water font. 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.