I decided to create these vintage packages with a religious theme to showcase some of the French sacred ephemera I have found (or that has found me. I never know which it is). While this lot would, of course, be perfect for someone who cherishes them as devotional items, they are also charming, vintage collectibles for anyone who likes French brocante. (Click on any photo below for larger view.) This lot contains:
Mother-of-Pearl Rosary, 1890. The beads are hand-cut and the centre stone is heart-shaped. It measures 20″ (58 cm) and has 54 Ave beads and four Pater beads. The Christ figure on the crucifix is silver. A white rosary such as this was given as a present for a first communion or a wedding.
The missel is a prayer book dated 1901. It has a hard cover that is trimmed with a filigree, silver monogram of the letter “M.” Inside are two engravings and each page is illustrated with borders of various religious scenes. Please note that the binding inside is a little loose and as such it is not being sold as a collectible book per se, rather as a charming piece to offset the rosary. It measures 4″ x 5 1.2″ (10cm x 13.5cm).
Included is a hand-tinted first communion card on a postcard (dated 1909) and three vintage holy cards. Also included is a tin that I have altered with a faux rust finish to store your rosary or reuse.
Cost is £125 GBP with free worldwide shipping. You can use the Buy It Now button here (you do not have to have a PayPal account to use it). Please note that occasionally these buttons act up and do not work and if this happens to you, please contact me by email (email@example.com) or DM at Instagram @bookandpaperarts and let me know you want it and I will mark the listing as sold and send you an invoice.)