This is a vintage last rites set for home use. It contains all of the items needed to prepare for a priest’s visit: a crucifix, two candle holders, two silver plates engraved with the “IHS”, and a holy water bottle. Each piece is finished in bright silver. Absolutely magnificent.
This set comes in a case lined in purple satin with fitted spots for each piece, including space for two candles. The candle holders are fixed to the case, while the other pieces are removable.
Last Rites Sets:
These boxes were once used in Catholic homes to store the items needed by a 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, 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 some remnant wax beneath the candle holders. Please see pictures.
Dimensions: Crucifix - 7" tall; Plates - 5" dia.; Case - 13” long x 8” wide x 3” deep
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 beautiful canivet lace holy card, likely from the late 1800s. It is a black & white lithograph of Saint Mathilde wearing a crown while holding a crucifix in one hand and a miniature cathedral in the other.
Although she was a queen with wealth and power, Saint Mathilde was known for her piety and generosity. Much of her wealth was spent in building churches and founding religious monasteries and convents. Saint Matilda is the patron saint of disappointing children, large families, falsely accused persons, people ridiculed for their piety, queens, second marriages, and widows.
This card is likely of German origin as it was found with other antique German holy cards.
This is a gorgeous antique holy card that shows a young Christ wearing long robes and a beautiful halo. Our Lord is holding an arrow-pierced heart and a dove in His arms with roses and lilies in the background. These symbolize respectively: His Sacred Heart, peace, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and purity. “Oh how sweet it is to live for Jesus” is written in French above the image while “Lord Give you rest” is printed beneath. The reverse has a beautiful French prayer.