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 18c - PENDANT FILIGREE
dated 1750 german filigree with pendants

FROM OUR GERMAN COLLECTOR 
Part of a collection of antique and vintage rosaries and chaplets from a gentleman in Germany who has generously sent us images of a few of his rosary collection.  We learn a great deal as we look over the designs and read his commentary (in quotes) about each one.
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PILGRIMAGE ROSARY
"This filigree is a strung rosary as compared to a chained rosary. A wonderful example of this period and very popular with pilgrims who would add religious charms, medals and small reliquaries as mementos from the holy sites as they traveled from place to place.' Dated 1750s

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CONFIGURATION   -   BEADS & CROSS
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STANHOPE CROSS

 

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3 FILIGREED 
RELIQUARY PENDANTS
A traditional five decade filigree rosary with 3 filigreed reliquarey pendants, probably collected during a pilgrimage to holy sites as was the custom. 
(length of rosary unknown)




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CROSS INLAID 
WITH MOTHER OF PEARL
"Traditional Credo Cross is set on the pendant above the filigree reliquary cross. "The cross is inlayed with Mother of Pearl and some nice Pendants", says the Collector. 
(bead composition unknown)




~ STANHOPE CROSS ~
 ABOUT STANHOPE PEEPHOLES 
A traditional  'STANHOPE CROSS'. Our collector says, "this is a typical rosary cross
 (1870 - 1890).  There is a small lens inside the cross (see center) and if you look through the lens, you will see a picture of a convent. Carved Bone 
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ESPECIALLY 
POPULAR FROM 1870S - 1920s
Named after the Third Earl of Stanhope but not invented by him, these tiny peepholes seem to have followed the invention of the photograph in the mid 1800's. They were especially popular from 1870 - 1920s and were generally made through the 1970s although may still be found made by Stanhope Microworks.
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VARIETY OF THEMES
Tiny images of all sorts of things including people, vacation spots and holy places and saints were popular in not only crosses but all kinds of items such as novelty pocket knives, letter openers, needle cases and crosses. Some of these images are the size of a pin head and are set with a tiny magnifying glass. For more information - go to Google and enter 'Stanhope Microworks'.

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