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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

1822 Filigree Rosary - Bavaria BAVARIAN
FILIGREE ROSARIES
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.
<< 1822 - 19c >> 
18 c Filigree Rosary - Bavaria
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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ANTIQUE ROSARY COLLECTORS
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ANTIQUE ROSARY DIRECTORY  -    MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS   -    CRUCIFIXES  -   ARTICLES



~ 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'.
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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
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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
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 1/2 LIRA MEDAL FILIGREE ROSARY - 1822
 a piece of Lombardy/Venetia history is recorded here
OLD, WORN HAND CARVED WOODEN BEADS - 19th c
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
MINIATURE CARVED IVORY ROSARY - 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
FACETED GARNET FILIGREES - 1820s
 HANDMADE CHAPLET WITH MEDALS - 1810
2 early 19c medals of great interest, Benedict and Apostolate
LA FEDE DELLA MADONNA
a wonderful reading experience about a knotted rosary , tied one day at a time
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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
LARIAT / LASSO ROSARIES - 20th c
an open ended rosary to wear as a necklace, see inspiration
 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
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'. 
BYZANTINE COLLECTION
Coming very soon, along with Ethiopian crosses



 ~ ARTICLES ~


ROSARY MUSEUM - 20c Filigree
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Late 19c - early 20c Lacy Filigree Inspired by traditional Bavarian Rosaries
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
IDENTIFYING ROSARIES CHART
antiques dealer Yankee Lady has set up a chart for identifying old/ new rosaries
HISTORICAL PATERNOSTERS AND ROSARIES
An excellent collection of information on the rosary - resources, books, museum collections, configurations by Mestra Rafaella d'Allemtejo, OL
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.
 ... 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

TRAVELERS ICONS

PERPETUAL HELP
METAL ICON: Theotokos
'loving compassion'
3 X 3.5 in
THEOTOKOS
METAL ICON: Travelers Icon
'the intercessor'
2 x 2.5 in
ST NICHOLAS
METAL ICON: St Nicholas
'the wonder worker'
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)

WEBSITE DEDICATED to PHILIP LEON CARTER
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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