This is a gorgeous vintage religious medal. The cover is a beautiful hand painted rose with enamel finish. This slides to reveal the Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary with wonderfully fluted edges. The reverse of the cover shows Saint Joseph holding a young Christ in his arms. Wonderful.
History of the Miraculous Medal
In 1830, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to novice sister Catherine Labouré on several occasions. The Madonna showed St. Catherine a vision and requested that the image shown be struck onto medallions. Our Lady indicated that all who wear these medals will receive great graces.
The front of the medal depicts Mary standing on a globe with the head of a serpent beneath her feet. Circling the oval-shaped medal is the signature: "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." On the reverse, 12 stars surround a large "M" from which a cross arises. The 12 stars refer to the Apostles, who represent the entire Church as it surrounds Mary. Below the “M”, the medal depicts two flaming hearts. The left heart, circled with thorns, represents Jesus. The right heart, pierced by a sword, symbolizes Mary.
This is a magnificent antique religious painting. It is an image of a very young Christ holding a globe surrounded by flowers. The globe and cross are an ancient symbol of authority and when Jesus is shown holding it it is referred to as the Salvator Mundi or The Savior of the World.
Reverse glass painting is an ancient folk art tradition of Bavaria. This piece is likely from the early turn of the century.
Condition: The backing is a vintage replacement. Please See Pictures
This is a magnificent antique religious statue. It is a youthful Blessed Virgin Mary with a sad, pensive expression. Our Lady is shown with her eyes lowered and her head slightly bowed. She is in dark robes with a veil that hangs in soft folds around her face. Her simple and elegant halo is radiant brass. Beautiful and moving.
We believe this piece is plaster covered wood. Made in Barcelona, Spain.
Condition: There are a few small chips in the plaster. Please See Pictures.
This is a stunning antique holy water font. The central image is an elongated Chi Rho christogram set in classic Art Deco period framing. The piece is metal with a bright brassy finish and a fluted plastic font bowl. Made in Germany.
Chi Rho Christogram:
According to the ancient historian Eusebius of Caesarea (circa 300 AD), Emperor Constantine I, who was not Christian, had a vision while on the march with his army. The emperor and his entire army saw a cross above the sun with the inscription “By this sign you will conquer” in Greek. Later, Christ appeared to him in a dream and instructed Constantine to use this sign as a protection in battle. Constantine ordered a likeness of the vision to be used as his new military standard and went on to win his battles. This insignia is now known as the Chi- Rho.
Constantine went on to study Christian theology and called a stop to the ongoing persecutions. He also decriminalized Christian worship with the Edict of Milan which allowed Christianity to flourish safely for the first time.
Condition: There are small scratches and wear in the finish. Please See Pictures.
This is a gorgeous vintage religious piece. It is an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary carrying an infant Christ. Our Lord is shown snuggling into His mother’s shoulder while she embraces Him with both arms. The pair are engulfed in Our Lady’s magnificent flowing robes. This piece has elegant lines and a luminescence that make it vibrant. Fantastic.