This is a stunning antique prayer book. The full title reads: “The Garden of the Soul A Manual of Catholic Devotion, of Spiritual Exercises and Instructions for Christians Who, Living in the World, Aspire to Devotion”. The book is 621 pages and contains many prayers, devotions for confession, holy communion, the ordinary of the mass and much, much more.
The book is bound in celluloid with a beautiful decorative silver inlay on the cover and gilded page edges. There is no publishing date given but the first year in the Table of Movable Feasts is 1878.
Condition: The latch is broken and the end pages are flaking along the edges.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 stunning small vintage religious statue. The Blessed Virgin Mother is shown with her eyes lowered and her head bowed demurely. She is wearing soft pale blue robes with brilliant gold trim that matches the gold of her halo. Magnificent!
Condition: There are a few small chips. Please See Pictures.