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19c BAVARIAN FILIGREE ROSARY
a beautiful example of a filigree 'rosenkranz' from germany


NOTE SMALL 
MEDALLION AT END OF PENDANT
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CHAINED
Purchased in Rothenberg Germany at an old Antique shop in the walled city in 1996. This is a wonderful example of the larger filigrees that has been chained instead of strung.  Most filigree rosaries we have seen have been much smaller in size. Note the small medallion at the end of the pendant instead of a cross or crucifix.

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CONFIGURATION   -   BEADS
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~ CONFIGURATION ~
 5 DECADES OF RED FACETS
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TRADITIONAL 'CREDO CREUZ' AND MEDALLION
A large traditional 5 decade rosary, chained with a medallion and credo cross - 26 in 




~ BEADS ~
 IRREGULAR FACETS
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CALLED 'ENGLISH CUTS'
Hand faceted with irregular 'English Cuts' - glass, not garnet. Early filigree Paters were filled with sachet or pomander so the aroma of prayers - like incense - would reach the heavenlies. Beads are 9mm.




~ CREDO CROSS ~
 'CREDOCREUZ'
Filigree Rosaries have a small 'Credo' Cross (Creed) just above the medallion or cross on the end of the pendant. The Creed was said or prayerd on this cross before one woule move on to the 3 Ave beads above it. 
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'FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE'
When the 3 Ave beads were added to the pendant above the Credo Cross. they were to remind one to pray for an increase of Faith, then for Hope and then for Love.  Today, to ask for an increase in faith, hope and love all at once, is the standard prayer and the three beads are now prayed as Ave's.




~ RELIQUARY BOX ~
  MARY AND BABY JESUS
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POSSIBLY A SAINT OR KING' IMAGE
This small filigreed reliquary box carries the image of Mary holding the baby Jesus on one side and the other, possibly the kings image of the times. Lettering is difficult to read. - 1.5 in

 



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