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THE RESIDENZ  (MUNICH)
a collection, an exhibit of antique rosaries



 ABOVE: THE RESIDENZ IN MUNICH AS IT APPEARED IN THE - 18c
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ANTIQUE ROSARIES
A REMARKABLE COLLECTION 
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IMAGES ARE ALL WE HAVE
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.
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WHY VARIETY OF DESIGNS?
Traditions were regional as no TV, Computers, books to show one exactly how a rosary or chaplet 'should be made'. Available materials were used. Ideas were carried by hand and foot from one country to another. Mountains separated spread of ideas. Eventually we see less diversity and more uniformity. Council of Trent (1573) standardized the Dominican rosary we know today.

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for more information see 
RESIDENZ ROSARY EXHIBIT 
BY CENTURY (17th, 18th, 19th, 20th) BY DESCRIPTION
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
ARTICLES ON ANTIQUE ROSARIES
and read our sharings
MINIATURE ICONS   -   MORE LINKS 





~ COLLECTION  ~
IMAGES ARE ALL WE HAVE
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STUDY THE DESIGNS CAREFULLY
You will be inspired visually.  Note the popularity of the rings on one end. A tradition dating back to the 15c and identified by our German rosary collector as used by , preferred by men, (tenners, 'zehners'). The ring allowed the prayer to pass the decade beads from one finger to the next to complete a full five decade rosary.
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TOP TO BOTTOM:
[1. FACETED BEADS: ending to the left with what appears to be a broken "Credo Cruz" with one arm. Medal unidentified.  [2.  11 BEADS GRADUATED IN SIZE: Include Pater Bead. Interesting rings at other end.   [3. SMALL 'PASSEMENTERIE' METALIC TASSEL: After unidentified medal, followed by traditional "Credo Kruz" (Creed).   [4.  BEADED TASSEL: Tenner with large spacer beads. 
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'TENNERS' / 'ZEHNERS / CREDO KREUZ
Tenners / Zehners, (10 beads, 1 decade.) - Credo Kreuz ( reminder to pray the Creed) around 1578, asking for an "increase of faith, hope and charity." Eventually the Credo cross is dropped and 3 beads added to the pendant. 
TRADITIONAL 6 DECADE
Also known as the Brigittine Rosary (15c on)
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GIVING HOMAGE 
TO TWO NOTED (?) ABOVE
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.  Some rosaries without centers, some using a Pater bead for converging to the pendant. Some with larger centers and smaller crucifixes than the eye usually balances. Remember, the heart prays, the beads count. Bone or Ivory? 
RIBBONS AND RINGS
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RIBBONS AT ONE END
RINGS AT THE OTHER
Why do the rings connect?  And do the ribbons symbolize the traditional wedding ribbons? Or do they represent early ribbons that were used to "wipe away the tears?"




~ IMAGES  by  DESCRIPTION ~
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FILIGREE AND WOOD - 17c
FILIGREE NECKLACE ROSARY - 17 - 18c
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BAVARIAN FACETED CORAL FILIGREE - 18c
'1700 - ROME' - JUBILEE ROSARY - 18c
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EUCHARISTIC MEDALLION ROSARY - 19c
OLD/WORN HAND CARVED WOODEN BEADS - 19c 
BAVARIAN RED GLASS FILIGREE - 19c
SILVER 'TENNERS FOR MEN - 19c
SOUVENIR OF THE MISSION - LOURDES - 19c
MINIATURE CARVED IVORY ROSARY - 19c
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 RUDRAKSHA SEEDS & BLACK CROSS - 20c
IRISH HORN ROSARIES - 20c
FR JOE's SILVER FILIGREE - 20c
CREAM ROSEBUD WEDDING ROSARY - 20c
PEBBLE ROSARY - MEDJUGORJE - 20c
IRISH PENAL - AN PAIDRIN BEAG- 20c
EARLY 1900s - CHAPLET WITH MEDALS - 20c
GLOW-IN-THE-DARK ROSARIES - 20c



~ PRIVATE COLLECTIONS ~
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 BAVARIA
Do you like to windowshop?  These  religious aritifacts are tempting!



 ~ ARTICLES ON ROSARIES ~
VENTURING THROUGH 4000 ROSARIES
Far to the Northwest of our country,  our journey of discovery began ...
FROM A COLLECTOR IN GERMANY
"It is easier to become a rosary from the 17th century than to find ...
Alexander Roman on Prayer Beads in 
 EASTERN & WESTERN CHRISTIAN DEVOTIONAL LIFE
ENCOUNTERING THE FILIGREE
"The first one I ever saw was in Rothenberg - I was captured by its beauty ...



~ MINIATURE ICONS ~
AND SHARINGS!
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MINIATURE RELIGIOUS  ICON: to learn more, click image
 MINIATURE ANTIQUE ICON:1.5 x 2 in
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AND MORE SHARINGS
... of each human prayer ...
  The museum of  old rosaries is breathtaking.  Thinking of the years and years that those rosaries have been in the hands of pray-ers sure does make one feel connected.  The history of the rosary through the centuries is fascinating.  One thing I especially like is the variety in rosaries down the years.  Somehow, the antiquity and the variety have significance to me...  unity down the years coupled with the uniquenss of each human prayer... brought together as one with God.  << sigh>>  Doesn't that just bring chills? Johnna M (FL)

... 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

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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