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ANTIQUE ROSARIES from the rosary workshop  - museum index
+ MUSEUM of  ANTIQUE ROSARIES +
let them speak to your heart and inspire your prayer



 ~ ANTIQUE  INDEX ~
1822 Filigree Rosary - Bavaria
BAVARIA-1822
18 c Filigree Rosary - Bavaria
BAVARIA -19C
 WE LEARN SO MUCH 
 ... when we see the way prayer counters (rosaries and chaplets) have been made and used over the centuries. One of the first things you may notice - is how our contemporaries have commercialized and stylized the rosary into a standard form in the last few centuries.
THE HEART PRAYS
THE BEADS COUNT
Let these old rosaries speak to your heart in their simplicity and elegance. Then make your own rosary from treasured beads and metals of your own keeping.  The heart prays, the beads count.
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IMAGES OF 
ANTIQUE ROSARIES
With grateful thanks to rosary collectors all over the world who have shared images of their antique rosaries. Because of their generosity we are able to give you the opportunity to study and enjoy  a diverse collection of antique prayer beads.  None of the rosaries in this collection are physically at the Rosary Workshop.  Many are shared by collectors who prefer to remain anon. We honor that request. None are for sale in the Museum but note link below for people who do.
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WHERE TO BUY? 'ANTIQUITATEN'
also check various styles as you may have one
  similar and are looking for information to identify yours.
Oberammergau Bavaria
Collection of Antique Filigrees dating from 1820s
click icon for more information on A Riegg
(photo by James P Butler)

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~ DIRECTORY ~

The dates below have been given by either the museum, collector or antiques dealer.  We have tried to under estimate dates if unsure and are open to your comments and additions.
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ROSARY MUSEUM - antique wooden - 1720
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 15 decade rosary of fine wooden beads dated (1720) by the Antiques dealer in Germany .  He called it  a 'Psalter'.

 ~~~~{{ 17C }}~~~~
 + FILIGREE AND WOOD - 17th c +
 a wonderful look into how rosaries were made in the late 1600s
+ FILIGREE NECKLACE ROSARY - late 17th +
worn as a necklace, this rosary has many pilgrimage medallions
 ~~~~{{ 18C }}~~~~
 + FILIGREE ROSARIES WITH BOWS  -  1700s +
does it tie into Mary Undoer of Knots?  Wedding Ribbons?
 +  BAROQUE ROSARY - 1700Ss +
fine example of a pearl rosary used as adornment from Peruvian nobility / wealth
 + BAVARIAN FACETED CORAL FILIGREE - 1770s +
hard to fine but very popular coral, thought to hold healing powers
 + ROME' - JUBILEE ROSARY - 1700 +
a rare jubilee rosary showing sancta scala and the 4 basilica doors
 WOODEN PSALTER DATED 1720 +
full 15 decade of wooden beads honoring the Visitation ? St John
 + MEDALLION ROSARY - 1750s +
6 decades with unusually beautiful/simple cross for this period
 + PENDANT FILIGREE - 1750s +
filigree rosary with 3 pendants - Germany
 + EUCHARISTIC MEDALLION ROSARY - 1790s +
using the Eucharistic symbol on a rosary was popular in the 1700s
 + CAN Y6OU IDENTIFY THIS? +
Dont miss this! have you ever seen one of these? A great discovery for us .... enjoy!

 ~~~~{{ 19C }}~~~~
 + OLD, WORN HAND CARVED WOODEN BEADS - 19th c +
no center medal suggests this rosary is from the early part of the 1800s or influenced br that period
 + BAVARIAN RED GLASS FILIGREE - 1820s +
large chained rosary of faceted red beads and faceted beads
 + SILVER 'TENNERS FOR MEN - 1850s +
a collection of 3 - one decade silver bead chaplets dedicated to men
 + SOUVENIR OF THE MISSION - LOURDES - 19th c +
 + WOODEN BAVARIAN ROSARY - 1850s +
tough chained rosary with a puffy heart has received a lifetime of use
 + FAUX PEARL FILIGREE - 1820s +
a wonderful and rare faux pearl (glass)  filigree from the 19c 
 + STANHOPE PEEPHOLE CROSSES +
ever wonder where those crosses with peepholes were called?
 + INTERESTING CONFIGURATIONS +
rosaries are for praying and these two show options as to placement
 + HANDMADE CHAPLET WITH MEDALS - 1810 +
2 early 19c medals of great interest, Benedict and Apostolate
    + LA FEDE DELLA MADONNA +
a wonderful reading experience:  a tradition about a knotted rosary, knotted one day at a time

 ~~~~{{ 20C }}~~~~
 + MUSEUM INSPIRED ROSARIES (20c) +
more links and info on rosaries and chaplets inspired during the 20c
 + FR JOE's SILVER FILIGREE - 19C - 20th c +
 a very ornate silver filigree rosary inspired by traditional Bavarian
 + RUDRAKSHA SEEDS ? BLACK CROSS - 20th c +
handmade beauty speaks of devotion by its unknown maker
 + FROSTED LUCITE ROSARY - LAMBERT CRUCIFIX - 1920s +
beautiful crucifix by polish artist jean lambert rucki
 + WORLD WAR  I  MILITARY ROSARY - 1920s +
metal pull chain rosaries were tough and ready for battle
 + GLOW-IN-THE-DARK ROSARIES - 1920 - 50s +
2 wonderful glow in the dark rosaries with some history attached
 + CREAM ROSEBUD WEDDING ROSARY - 1950s +
A Latin American tradition called a 'Lasso' or 'Lazzo' rosary - 2 in one.
 + IRISH HORN ROSARIES - 1950s +
2 delightful rosaries traditionally sold as souvenirs/pilgrimages
 + IRISH PENAL - AN PAIDRIN BEAG- 1950s +
  a tradition that came from the underground church in Ireland
+ LUCITE SOUVENIR ROSARY - LOURDES - 1950s +
A traditional souvenir from France capturing an image of Mary
 + PEBBLE ROSARY - MEDJUGORJE - 1990s +
2 wonderful rosaries made with white pebbles from apparition hill
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 + RANGER ROSARY - 2003 +
another tough rosary made especially for US troops in Iraqi conflict




 + MUSEUM COLLECTIONS +
 + THE RESIDENZ ROSARY EXHIBIT +
Visit the beautiful collection of prayer beads in Munich Germany
 + THE HUNT MUSEUM +
The Hunt is in Limerick Ireland and has a room dedicated to antique rosaries
 + COUNTY CLARE MUSEUM +
 A priest's rosary with a very interesting history reflecting the days of the 'red coats'
 + VENTURING THROUGH 4000 ROSARIES +
Far to the Northwest of our country,  our journey of discovery began ...
 + SMITHSONIAN - MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY +
Have you ever seen or heard the spoken word of God?




+ PRIVATE COLLECTIONS +
ROSARY MUSEUM - antique filigree - 19c
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 A beautiful 19 c faceted red glass filigree found in Bavaria (Schwabish Gmund) purchased in Oberammergau.
 + THE GERMAN ROSENKRANZ +
Visit this collection for a great variety of antique prayer beads
 + THE WALTER DANIELS FAMILY COLLECTION +
A wonderful look into musuem pieces now privately owned
 + WINDOW SHOPPING IN AUSTRIA ? BAVARIA +
Do you like to window shop?  These  religious artifacts are tempting!
 + WINDOW SHOPPING IN BAVARIA +
Easter in Oberammergau is a firm reminderof a faith we should be living
 + DREAMING IN TUCSON  -  MORE DREAMS! +
no pictures allowed any more  -  but these will tease the imagination!
 + CAN  YOU IDENTIFY THIS? +
 Visitors Open Gallery - check out items to identify or send us rare examples of your own
 + MORE ON THE ANTIQUE FILIGREE ROSARY +
Can you identify any of these? A great history lesson!




 + CRUCIFIXES and CROSSES +
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Peruvian Crucifix (Spanish Colonial Period -Latin America)   4.5 in x 3in - 1700s
 + PEREZ COLLECTION - SPANISH COLONIAL +
A remarkable gathering of crucifixes from Spanish Colonial Latin America (from a private collection, recently released.) 1700s 
 EQUATORIA - LATIN AMERICAN +
A collection of indigenus Spanish Colonial Crucifixes from Bolivia, Cusco and Equador dating from the 1700s
 + EUROPEAN COLLECTION +
From Germany (skull and crossbones) , Italy, Spain, Ireland - many worn by religious on their 15 decade rosaries
 + OLD BELIEVERS ICONS, CRUCIFIXES +
A sampling of the small metal icons and crucifixes protected by the 'Old Believers' who were not accepting the new changes in their church.
 + NEW: COLLECTORS ASK, CAN YOU IDENTIFY? +
Great antique pieces recently added from private collectores who waht to know if you can add anything to the history of thier collection.
 + GREEK ICON 'TREEN' CRUCIFIX +
See this rare Greek Orthodox 'Treen' Icon Crucifix, very very interesting cross from the 1700s Hand carved wood, double faced Icon.
+ GALWAY CRUCIFIX +
 A fine collection of the 'Galway Crucifix' - Influenced by Spanish Traders in the 1700s.   From the Hunt.
 + IRISH PENAL CRUCIFIX +
During the Persecution of the Church (Penal Period) in Ireland, a narrow crucifix was developed to be hidden under the sleeve. 
 + EARLY EUROPEAN CRUCIFIXES +
A collection of early Corpus (Hunt Museum) dating back to the 10c  (Anglo Saxon), also including 11c and 12c.
 + WHAT IS A BASQUE ROSARY RING? +
Those little rings with 10 knobs for praying the rosary have a history and are known by many names, 'Basque Ring Rosary, 'Decade Ring', 'Thumb Rings'. 




 + ARTICLES +
ROSARY MUSEUM - 20c Filigree
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Late 19c - early 20c Lacy Filigree Inspired by traditional Bavarian Rosaries
 + CAN Y6OU IDENTIFY THIS? +
Try again ... Dont miss this! have you ever seen one of these? A great discovery for us .... enjoy!
 + FROM A COLLECTOR IN GERMANY +
"It is easier to become a rosary from the 17th century than to find ...
 +  THE SKULL IN ART+
Interesting information on why we see a skull under the feet of Christ
 + LA FEDE DELLA MADONNA KNOTTED ROSARY +
If you missed this one - read now - about a rosary , tied one day at a time
 + EASTERN ? WESTERN CHRISTIAN DEVOTIONAL LIFE +
an in-depth article by Alexander Roman on Prayer Beads 
 + ENCOUNTERING THE FILIGREE +
"The first one I ever saw was in Rothenberg - I was captured by its beauty ...
 + THE PENAL CROSS - MY HISTORY, TOO! +
Not just a cross but a symbol of our family tree, and those who fought for our freedom
 + ROSARIES IN ART +
a wonderful new page on how rosaries were pictured throught the ages by the masters - Portraits of men and women from galleries all over the world.
 + PATERNOSTER ROW +
Look far and wide but you will not find a more informative site on historical rosaries and chaplets. Chris Laning has done an exceptional job - and obviously loves doing what she is doing! She carefully researches her information and has beautiful images that tease the eye! The site is a visual treasure and you will learn a great deal by visiting.
paternosters@igc.org 
 




 ~ WHAT IS A 'CREDO-KREUZ' ? ~
MARY, MODEL OF 
FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY
You will see an interesting 'Credo-kreuz' on many of the filigree rosaries in our collection. The Credo-kreuz (Credo-Cruz, Creed Cross) was a reminder to pray the Creed. One many of the early rosaries there were no Paters other than the one at the juncture of the loop where the pendant fell so the Credo Cross was next to the Reliquary cross at the end of the pendant then came the Pater to form the loop. The three Ave beads were added later and became a reminder to pray for an increase in Faith, Hope and Charity or Love. (Theological Virtues). But when did all of this come about? During the 6th session of the Council of Trent, Chapter X (On the increase of Justification received) it brings to mind.

COUNCIL OF TRENT
Having therefore been thus justified and made the friends and domestics of God, advancing from virtue to virtue, they are renewed, as the Apostle says, day by day; that is , by mortifying the members of their own flesh, and by presenting them as instruments of justice unto sanctification, they, through the observance of the commandments of God and of the Church, faith co-operating with good works, increase in that justice which they have received through the grace of Christ, and are still further justified, as it is written; He that is just, let him be justified still; and again, Be not afraid to be justified even to death, and also,
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Do you see that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. And this increase of justification holy Church begs, when she prays, "Give unto us, O Lord, increase of faith, hope and charity."
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Mary is our model of faith, hope and charity. the Blessed Virgin Mary, full of grace, is the perfect model of Christian faith, hope and charity in God's created creatures.

PRAYING THE THREE
THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES
(AVES) ON THE PENDANT
I became very interested in the different ways this prayer was prayed so thought I would share some of the things I found out as I had never heard the request for an increase of Faith, Hope and Charity prayed on a rosary before and our Sister Frances said in all her travels it was new to her too, although many churches do.
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 LOCALLY (UP of MI) 
(German Catholic community) 
At our church, Church of the Precious Blood, the Creed is said on the crucifix, then the Pater, then 'pray for an increase of Faith, Hope and Love.' then 3 Aves.
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OUR GERMAN COLLECTOR: 
The Credokreuz or Credo Cross reminds us to 'pray for an increase of Faith, Hope and Charity as some early rosaries did not have the first Pater or the three Aves)
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 OUR PRIEST FROM  INDIA: 
Our Priest, Father Mathew, shared he was taught how to pray the pendant of the rosary after Creed on Crucifix, Pater, then on each Ave, the following prayer instead of all being announced in advance:
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FIRST AVE - FAITH
Mary, daughter of God the Father, pray for us that we may grow in faith.
SECOND AVE - HOPE
Mary, Mother of God is Son, pray for us that we may grow in hope.
THIRD AVE - LOVE
 Spouse of God the Holy Spirit pray for us that we may grow in Love.



~ MINIATURE / TRAVELERS ICONS ~
MINIATURE RELIGIOUS  ICON: to learn more, click image
  Miniature antique Icon - 1.5 x 2 in.
TRAVELERS ICONS
 ... just like the one above ...
One day my son found a square metal medallion type piece of Mary and Jesus. He gave it to me as a gift, for he thought that it looked like us.  I have cherished this piece.  As I was looking through your rosary museum, I saw the exact same piece.  I was just amazed to see that Miniature Icon Antique being a replica of the one my son gave me. Heidi O (WI)  - Bead and Button Magazine

 ROSARY WORKSHOP:


TRAVELERS ICONS
 for more information on travelers icons, also search using names below
'loving compassion'
METAL ICON: Theotokos
PERPETUAL HELP
3 X 3.5 in
'the intercessor
METAL ICON: Travelers Icon
'THEOTOKOS
2 x 2.5 in
'the wonder worker'
METAL ICON: St Nicholas
ST NICHOLAS
2 x 2 in.
 .. a sharing ...
I was reviewing your web page last night and am interested in many of your rosaries. Very recently, I started a collection of rosaries using them (of course) for prayer - but also as a means of working and chatting with friends and family. I have found this to be a lovely and gentle medium of communication with those who are unbelievers or just lukewarm in their faith.  Tracy C (VA)

...newspaper beads ...
This weekend I had a little old lady in her 80's. She made rosaries in Germany during WW ll when there was precious little to make rosaries with - so, she made her rosaries out of little balls of rolled up newspaper with a little spittle, flour and water. When the newspaper balls were dry/hard, she sometimes painted them with "what ever I had" but frequently she had nothing to paint them with at all. 
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She said she used threads from burlap bags or flour sacks to thread her rosaries. She carved her own crucifixes from bone or made them from sticks, wood etc. Her grand-daughter who came to visit her said they all had several of these little newspaper ball rosaries, and cherished them so. 
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THIS was a succinct reminder to me that it is praying the rosary, living the rosary that is important ... shared by Nurse Jaye

... the rosaries we wear ...
Thank YOU.  I am making a rosary for my daughter, who is now in the Royal Court of the Southern California Renaissance Faire, playing a Catholic historical character, and I really was glad to find the period crucifix. The rosaries we wear and cherish as part of our Renaissance garb is a statement of our personal Christianity to the rest of the quite secular faire situation.  I look forward to receiving it.  Susan Abernethy (CA)

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And all who love the Lord, love working with wood and are interested in learning how things were done over the centuries.  How the rosary grew from a simple pebble to a string of wooden beads - to gemstones - yet know - it is the prayer of the heart that matters and not the substance of the bead.
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 This is a living museum and is open to your contributions in image form so that others may enjoy the many variations in rosaries and chaplets over the centuries.


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