This is an antique devotional shadowbox meant to hold the items a priest needs to perform the last rites. Traditionally, a Catholic home would have these items at hand in preparation for the priest’s visit. The focal point of this box is a vibrantly painted statue of the pieta: the Sorrowful Mother cradling the body of Jesus. The glass protecting the pieta is painted in vibrant greens, blues, and pinks. The framing depicts two angels and a cross painted along the top, and the words "Blessed Be Thy Holy Name" painted along the bottom.
The lower door includes a painting of the Last Supper and opens to reveal the items used in the last rites sacrament: a crucifix, blessed candles, and holy water. Many non-essential items would have traditionally been stored here, as well (cloths, cups, bowls, plates, a spoon, holy cards, rosaries, etc.). On the reverse side of the door is written the word "Viaticum", which means "provisions for the journey", with two attached candle holders. The solid oak cabinet is designed to be set into a wall so that is lays flush like a painting. It is sturdy and in excellent condition.
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 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.