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 a beautiful vintage religious pendant. It is an image of Michelangelo’s famous Pieta sculpture. The Madonna is shown sitting with Christ’s limp body draped across her lap after having been brought down from the cross. Very moving.
Condition: We were told this is 925 Sterling but it is unmarked.
This fantastic Last Rites set is made entirely from beautiful rich brown Bakelite. It is designed to be hung on the wall next to a bed, ready in case of need. The set contains 2 matching bakelite candle holders, a glass holy water bottle, an additional small crucifix, 2 beeswax candles, a linen cloth and piece of cotton (both in the original waxed paper bags), and a booklet.
The book, titled “Sacred Service” has an imprimatur dated 1931. It provides direction on how to prepare for sick calls as well as Extreme Unction. Included are many helpful prayers and a section on “Helping the Dying in the Absence of a Priest”. Fantastic.
These boxes were used in Catholic homes to store the items needed by the 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, and 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 a crack on one corner but the hinge is still very tight.Please See Pictures.
This is a beautiful vintage print. It shows the magnificent Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paris as seen from the base of the funicular train. The print is hand titled in pencil: “Sacre Coeur and funicular”.
Condition: There are some small scratches on the frame. Please See Pictures