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rosenkranz along the bavarian / austrian boarder

ANTIQUES - collection of filligree rosaries
ANTIQUES - large silver heart with ornate initials
UPPER BAVARIA CENTER
Bavaria and Austria are both wonderful places to look for old filigree rosaries or rosenkranz.  Schwabisch Gmund (Upper Bavaria), an area famous for silver work, became a great center for the making of Filigree Rosaries.  In the 17th and 18th century, women and children assembled them as a cottage industry. Filigree rosaries of all sizes, colors and shapes ...
ANTIQUE - Lacy silver hearts
ANTIQUE - filigree rosenkranz or rosaries

RICH WITH TREASURES
... Even though it was Easter vacation when we were there - and the shops were closed - it was fun to window shop in lower Bavaria near the Austrian border (Berchtesgaden). Snow in the Alps, and a chill in the fresh air, didn't stop our interest in peeking in the windows where religious antiques were displayed with great care. 
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Filigree rosaries were abundant. ... beautiful big antique silver hearts with elegant lacy filigree boarders and richly engraved and appliquéd initials were everywhere.  Each with a history of its own and you have to wonder what they would reveal if they could only talk .

ANTIQUE - worn red wood filigree
ANTIQUES - Exquisite blue Filigree Rosary
GOLD AND SILVER FILIGREES
Old carved wooden beads, once red - now deep pink with many years of prayers worn into their surface, peek out of an old hand carved wooden box.  A richly faceted blue rosary with a fat gold and silver filigree reliquary box cross suggests prideful ownership. 
ANTIQUE - papier mache' eggs
ANTIQUE - creche' of red silk and gold passementerie
PAPER MACHE' AND A PRECIOUS BABY 
Deeply lacquered paper mache' eggs with carefully cut paper lambs and religious  scenes tucked inside are reminders of an Easter past. And a precious Christ Child or possibly baby Mary who often appears in similar attiree is elegantly adorned in red silk velvet and gold passementerie, lies in a bed of elegance ... possibly a gift for a child or if the baby Jesus - part of an antique manger scene. ... its history long since lost ... and original owners long since gone.
 
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