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two similar but rare and magnificent 19c reliquary crucifixes


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MUSEUM COLLECION SERIES
from private collections who have given us permission to use their images so we may be inspired by and  may learn more about antique rosaries, chaplets and prayer beads.
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RELIQUARY CRUCIFIXES
These two rosaries are from our German Collector and are magnificent examples of rosaries that have reliquary crucifixes. Each is packed full of saints relics. It was traditional for the relics of saints to be contained in various forms and comes from scriptural references.
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This collection of antique and vintage rosaries and chaplets is from our gentleman in Germany who has generously sent us images of a few of his rosaries.  We learn a great deal as we look over the designs and read his commentary (in quotes) about each one. They appear very similar yet are uniquely different.

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NUNS RELIQUARY1800 RELIQUARY
INDEX -   RARE ROSARY BOX   -  ABOUT RELICS
 alao see
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES



~ NUN'S RELIQUARY ROSARY I ~
  STANDARD 5 DECADE
Our collector from Germany tells us that this rosary belonged to a Nun.  
It is the standard 5 decade rosary and beads are round bone. 
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"THE CENTER IS HEART SHAPED, TYPICAL OF PERIOD"
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 and the crucifix is' what he calls. 
'QUITE INCREDIBLE AT 6.5 INCHES" 
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 The back of the cross is filled with symbols of the passion. 
HE SAID IT WAS FILLED WITH OVER 60 RELICS AND DATES IT AT 19c. 
Note the figure at the bottom of the crucifix.
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OPEN REILQUARY SHOWS
NAMES OF ALL THE 19c SAINTS 
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IDENTIFYING RELICS
 1st CLASS
 Part of a Saints body (bone, hair, etc.) and the instruments of Christ's passion
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2nd CLASS
 An item (clothing, etc) owned by the Saint or instruments of torture used against a martyr
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3rd CLASS
 Traditionally a cloth or object that has touched a 1st or 2nd Class Relic or the tomb of a Saint




~ 1800 RELIQUARY ROSARY II ~
  SIMILAR 
BUT NOT IDENTICAL
These two rosaries appear to be identical but if you look carefully, you will see 
they are very similar but uniquely different from one another. 
(Note 'rose' carved bone beads)
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You can see the screw opening at the bottom of the cross, and again, this crucifix 
has the traditional for the times, figure below the feet of Christ. (Mary?)
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ESTIMATED AGE - 1800
Our collector said, " This is a relic rosary. the complete rosary is carved bone. the cross is made from brass and both sides of the open reliquary are filled with relics [framed in gold passementerie]  It is hard ti estimate the age but I think about 1800." 




~ ROSARY INDEX ~

Learn more about the rosary by visiting the links below, they are all interesting and tell us so much about the history of the rosary and of chaplets through the ages.

VINTAGE BLUE HEART BEADS - 20c
images - with metal box and agnus dei paper heart
RELIQUARY CROSS - 19c
 images - rosary of carved bone roses - with cross that open up
OLD WOODEN 'TENNER' CHAPLET - 20c
images - carved wooden rose beads with 3 reliquaries
FILIGREE WITH RED FACETED BEADS - 18 c
a nice example of the mid 1700s filigree rosary
ABOUT FILIGREE ROSARIES
article - mini history from a german collector




~  RARE ROSARY BOX ~


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Our collector adds, "Small coffin box formed for a rosary - very rare - age unknown." 
(origin, size age unknown)




~ RELICS - WHAT ARE THEY? ~

A VERY LONG HISTORY
NOTE SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES
Relics, what are they? There are 3 classes of relics and as seen above, they are kept in special containers called Reliquaries. First Class relics: bones of a saint, Second Class: something that belonged to the holy person and  Third Class relics: something that has touched the holy person.
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Relics have a very long history in the 2000 years of the universal or catholic church, many from the old testament.  We see some of the first real signs coming from the catacombs where the early christians celebrated mass. There was a kinship and belief early in the church that the body of Christ was in three parts called the Communion of Saints.  The full church is made up of 1. those on earth (Church Militant), 2. those in Purgatory (Church Penitent) and 3. those in Heaven (the Church Triumphant).
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The bible and church history teaches us that objects such as handkerchiefs, the hem of Christ's garment and holy images among other sacred objects such as the brazen serpent, Ark of the Covenant, sacred vessels of the Temple, holy places including the waters of the Jordan and the Pool of Bethsaida have played a roll in this mystery including the mantle of Elias.  In some wonderful way, these have a special relationship with God and hold no power of their own and are not to be considered 'magic'.



NEW TESTAMENT
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MATTHEW 9:20
 20 A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel 15 on his cloak  21 She said to herself, "If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured." 22 Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, "Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you." And from that
 hour the woman was cured.
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ACTS 19:11,12
 11 So extraordinary were the mighty deeds God accomplished at the hands of Paul  12 that when face cloths or aprons that touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.
   
OLD TESTAMENT
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2 KINGS 13:21
 21  Once some people were burying a man, when suddenly they spied such a raiding band. So they cast the dead man into the grave of Elisha, and everyone went off. But when the man came in contact with the bones of Elisha, he came back to life and rose to his feet.
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EXODUS 13:19
 19 Moses also took Joseph's bones along, for Joseph had made the Israelites swear solemnly that, when God should come to them, they would carry his bones away with them.
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JOSHUA 24:32
 32  The bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried in Shechem in the plot of ground Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor, father of Shechem, for a hundred pieces of money. This was a heritage of the descendants of Joseph.
   


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