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 lotwould, 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 individual photo below to see a larger view.) This lot contains:
Vintage rosary from Lourdes, 1930s, of 59 sapphire blue, crystal beads. The centre is a fitting of brass in a filigree pattern (very art nouveau with a tiny fleur de lis) and the crucifix is either brass or a gold plated metal. On the reverse side it says, “Souvenir de Lourdes.” It measures 19.5″ (49 cm).
The book is Histoire Sainte Ancien et Nouveau Testament and is a schoolbook from 1898. It is full of stories and black and white illustrations. The binding is a little loose on the frontispiece. Also included is a photograph on a postcard of a first communion, 1903. (Stamp and handwriting on the back.) There are also three, vintage holy cards.
Cost is £75 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.)