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Rosary Workshop - ANTIQUE TRADE BEADS  RTB series
   ROSARIES - FUR TRADE BEADS
inspired by early Jesuits, fur traders in the Great Lakes & east



~ OLD TRADE BEAD ROSARIES ~
RTB.21110 - St Ignatious of Loyola
RTB.21112 - North American Martyrs
RTB.21120 - Pere Marquette
RTB.21130 - Fr Paul Vashon
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RTB.21133 - Kateri Tekakwitha
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BEADS FOR FUR PELTS
RTB - TRADE BEADS
Currency for fur trade as early priests came with fur traders to evangelize the indigenous as early as the 1500s
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WHAT ARE TRADE BEADS?
Just as they suggest. To trade goods, a money of sorts.. In North America, beads were shipped from Europe to trade mainly for beaver pelts, used in the making of mens hats.  The priests who came to teach the indigenous about the true God, found that bringing beads to trade, attracted them as well. Many used these beads to string into rosaries. 

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see the rosary selection below 
ST IGNATIUS SJ   -   NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS
PERE MARQUETTE SJ   -   PERE PAUL VASHON
and dont forget to see
KATERI TEKAKWITHA   -   WHAT ARE TRADE BEAD?
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~ ST IGNATIUS of LOYOLA ~
INSPIRED MANY 
YOUNG PRIESTS TO MISSIONARY WORK

ABOUT ST IGNATIUS of LOYOLA SJ
 A Spanish knight from a Basque noble family.  He became a priest in 1537. He was a theologian, and was the first Superior General of the Jesuits which he founded. 
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ST IGNATIUS(1491 - 1556)
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A GREAT INTERCESSOR 
Please remember to pray your rosary for St Ignatius. Ask him to intercede for you, especially for vocations. This rosary was inspired by his work as he has inspired so many young men to become Jesuits for centuries. 
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LEADERSHOP INSPIRED 
MANY YOUNG PRIESTS TO BECOME MISSIONARIES
Well known for his obedience to the Catholic Church and her authority. He also was known  for his work during the  Counter-Reformation. His leadership inspired many young priests to go West into 'New France' in the 17c (Canada and America) to teach the indigenous about the white man's God. 

ABOUT THE "AWALI CHEVRON" TRADE BEADS

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AVE BEADS: individually hand made in Venice (early 1900s) A Popular 'drawn' (rosetta) bead used for trade in Africa and popular with the North American fur traders from the 19c on.  Rare and beautiful, no two alike, in their blues, and terra cotta browns. A small rosary, well designed for the pocket. PATER BEADS: simple wooden beads, often seen on a priest's rosary. Black matte beads used as spacers.
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OLD CRUCIFIXES
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LEFT:  ORANS (to pray) often shown in frescos and walls of catacombs, thought to be ancient figure of Mary.  RIGHT: CROSS OVER 100 YEARS OLD. Rosary comes with either, choice av in cart or may be purchased without the rosary.
The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. 
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METAL PARTS CAST FROM ANTIQUES
All parts available individually. each hand cast from antiques and vintage pieces. Available in sterling silver and solid bronze. Once cast, each is antiqued to restore original patina.  See full collection at SUPPLIES on top of page.
ST IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
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pricing subject to change without notice
RTB.21110.b
PRICING / ORDER
RTB.21110.s
all metals cast from antique pieces in sterling or solid bronze
then antiqued to restore original patina
13 in

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~ NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS  ~
BLOOD of the MARTYRS / SEED of the CHURCH

ABOUT THE 
NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS
"The North American Martyrs, also known as the Canadian Martyrs or the Martyrs of New France, were eight Jesuit missionaries from Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, who were martyred in the mid-17th century in Canada, in what is now southern Ontario and upstate New York, during the warfare between the Iroquois and the Huron. 
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NAMES AND DATES OF MARTYRDOM
The Martyrs are St. Jean de Brébeuf (1649),St. Noël Chabanel (1649), St. Antoine Daniel (1648), St. Charles Garnier (1649),[2] St. René Goupil (1642), St. Isaac Jogues (1646), St. Jean de Lalande (1646), and St. Gabriel Lalemant (1649).
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BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS 
IS THE SEED OF THE CHURCH
 Many followed the generation of saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and Companions from the North American Martyrs confirming the ancient belief that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church (Tertullian (c. 160 – c. 220 AD) 

  ‘The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.’
Variant translation: As often as we are mown down by you, the more we grow in numbers; the blood of the Christians is the seed.
note that the North American Martyrs (1646 - 1649)
are followed by Kateri Tekakwiths (1656 - 1680). 

ABOUT THE TRADE BEADS BEADS

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AVE BEADS: We have used old, slightly irregular matte black antiuqe beads, similar to those used by prieses robes  PATER BEADS:  The 'Awai Chevron Beads' above are individually hand made, from Venice (Late 1800s- early 1900s). These beads were used for trade and have been found around old mission sites. No two ever alike.
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INTERCESSORY PRAYER
Ask these Saints as a group or individually (see names above) to intercede in pray for you and your loved ones. Especially pray for tolerance in faith based groups and in our government that they will support our Constitution and First Amendment Rights. We were inspired to dedicate this rosary to them but encourage you to rededicate to whomever you wish. 
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NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS MEDALS
2 Rare medals honoring the 8 North American Martyrs. Either may be added to the rosary but not included as received from caster after rosaries were imaged.  You may also order individuallyby visiting SUPPLIES link at top of page.
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M.NAM.01
E.NAM.1182
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CROSS CAST FROM 18c PIECE: 
The cross (see below) used in this series is cast from the late 18c Europe and is available without the rosary.  The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. This design also does not tangle or knot as easily as the pendant design. 
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1700 SJESUIT CRUCIFIX NOW AVAILABLE
May be ordered using Jesuit crucifix by request. SEE
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ALL PARTS AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY
To see full collection of crucifixes, centers and medals all hand cast from antique and vintage pieces, go to SUPPLIES link at top of page.
NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS
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pricing subject to change without notice
RTB.21112.b
PRICING / ORDER
RTB.21112.s
all metals cast from antique pieces in sterling or solid bronze
then antiqued to restore original patina
17.5 in

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~ PERE MARQUETTE SJ  ~
  HE NAMED IT  "THE RIVER OF 
 OUR LADY of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION"

ABOUT PERE JACQUES MARQUETTE SJ
is known for his travels through the Great Lakes area and west to the Mississippi River which he renamed "The river of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. He established the mission fur trading post in St Ignace between Lakes Michigan and Huron and was well known by the indians in the area who became Christians because of his teachings about the true God. 
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PERE  JACQUES MARQUETTE S.J

  (June 1, 1637 – May 18, 1675)
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This rosary was inspired by the life of Pere Marquette.  We hope you will pray your rosary for him and ask him to intercede for your personal needs and those of loved ones.  Ask Pere Marquette to intercede for you, and for vocations to the priesthood. 

ABOUT THE 'RUSSIAN BLUE' TRADE BEADS
(Bohemia - CZ) A bit confusing at best! 'Russian Blues' were popular with the Russian fur traders in the Pacific Northwest fur trade (Bering 1741 discovery  and continued through the early 19c until the seal and otter population were depleted. The beads were also popular to the Eastern Fur Traders and excavation sites in So Illinois have yielded Russian Blues. (1700s - 1800s)

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  AVE BEADS: Old Russian trade beads from Czechoslovakia PATER BEADS:  Paters are glass African trades - these are not old, but have not changed over the many year. (melted down old glass containers) Bead caps are antiqued metal.
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 CLOSEUP OF CROSS
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 CROSS OVER 100 YEARS OLD
The cross is cast from the late 18c Europe, typical of those worn by religious. It is available without the rosary.  The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. Does not tangle or knot as easily as the pendant design. 
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ALL PARTS AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY
To see full collection of crucifixes, centers and medals all hand cast from antique and vintage pieces, go to SUPPLIES link at top of page.
RTB.21120 - PERE JACQUES MARQUETTE SJ
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pricing subject to change without notice
RTB.21120.b
PRICING / ORDER
RTB.21120.s
all metals cast from antique pieces in sterling or solid bronze
then antiqued to restore original patina
15.5 in

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~ FATHER PAUL VACHON  ~
RTB.21130 -  A RELATIVE COMES HOME
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WE HAVE NO IMAGES OF FATHER VACHON
INSPIRED BY ALL THE UNSUNG PRIESTS
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ABOUT PERE PAUL VACHON - (1656 - 1729) 
Pere Vachon, a Diocesan Priest was one of the first priests born in New France (Canadian soil) shortly after the'North American Martyrs' (1642 - 1649) period.  He pursued his studies at the seminary of Quebec and at 12 was among the top eight students to enter.  He was raised to the dignity of a priest by Mgr de Laval on 21 December 1680. and served the South Coast as far as Cap-Saint-Ignace in 1683, just missing the time of Pere Marquette. He served as Canon of the Quebec chapter in 1684 and in 1692 served as Cure of Cap-de-la-Madeleine. He directed the construction of the Three Rivers Parish, center of pilgrimages in 1717 where he would be buried. When his body was exhumed (1895) they discovered he was perfectly conserved (preserved).

RELATIVES IN OUR OWN BACK YARD
In doing research for this series of rosaries inspired to our early priests who came from Europe to evangelize the indians of Canada and what would be North America something happened! One of our guild members, Carol, discovered a relative! This totally confirmed our desire to bring the past into our world today, how close we are to these brave souls from the 16c on. 
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Even though Pere Vachon is a distant relative of Carols, who is one of our guild members, we believe Pere Vachon represents many of the unsung priests who were either trained by the Jesuits or were Jesuits serving the early history of the Canadian and North American fur traders. This rosary like the others in this series was inspired by these priests who tirelessly worked for the love of the Lord, Jesus Christ. 
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We all have relatives in the back yard of our past that are closer than we realize! She had recently traveled to Canada to visit her heritage and where her mothers family had come from only to discover she had visited the church where Fr Paul Vashon was buried, not knowing they were related! 
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INTERCESSORY PRAYER
We encourage you to prayer for Father Version.  Ask Peer Vachon to intercede for you in your hour of need. Ask especially for those who are searching for direction in a career or how to serve the Lord as he wills it. 

ABOUT THE AFRICAN TRADE BEADS

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  AVE BEADS: These are not old but are the same style of primitive, irregular and roughly made glass bead from Africa traded in New France and have not changed much. Old glass bottles and containers were melted down to make these beads.  After W.W.II they would collect the aluminum pots and pans left by the soldiers, melt them down for beads, too.  PATER BEADS:  Simple wooden beads, typical of may rosaries used by priests.  The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. 
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CROSSES / MEDALS AVAILABLE SEPARATELY
All crucifixes, crosses, rosary centers and religious medals are handcart from vintage and antique pieces in sterling silver and solid bronze - note pricing may change without notice as silver prices fluctuate. Check SUPPLIES at top of page.
FATHER PAUL VACHON 
born the same year as Kateri Tekekwitha ... seeds of the church 
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pricing subject to change without notice
RTB.21130.b
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RTB.21130.s
all metals cast from antique pieces in sterling or solid bronze
then antiqued to restore original patina
17.5 in

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~ LILY of the MOHAWKS ~
  RTB.21133 - KATERI TEKAKWITHA
KATERI TEKAKWITHA
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Oldest known portrait of Kateri Tekakwitha 
    circa 1690 by Father Chauchetière
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ABOUT KATERI TEKAKWITHA
 (1656 - 1680) Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Mohawk: "Te-kak-wee-da" also known as 'Lily of the Mohawks' Anglicized as "Kateri" Katherine (1656 – April 17, 1680) was a 24 year old Algonquian Native American religious lay woman from New France (present-day Auriesville New York, home of the National Shrine of Norh American Maryters) and an early convert to Christianity after being shunned by her family and pagan tribes. She is buried at Saint Francis Xavier Mission, now at Kahnawake, near Montreal, Canada.
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Ownkeonweke Katsitsiio Teonsitsianekaron
The fairest flower that ever bloomed among red men."
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(photo by Carol L)
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FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN
Known for her chastity and corporal mortification of the flesh, she is the first Native American woman to be venerated in the Roman Catholic Church. Tekakwitha was beatified by the Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1980 and  canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, October 2012.
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  "I am not my own; I have given myself to Jesus. He must be my only love."
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'SPANISH GRIPPE'
 When she was 4, an (measles / smallpox) epidemic struck her, killing her family. She was left weakened, scarred and with poor eyesight for the rest of her short life.  She died when she was 24.  Several witnesses including two Jesuit priests saw the scars leave her face shortly after her death.  Many suffered from these outbreaks believed brought by the white man from Spain and France who passed it to the vulnerable indians who in turn infected groups of white men in other areas.
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BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS
She followed the generation of saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and Companions from the North American Martyrs confirming the ancient belief that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church (Tertullian (c. 160 – c. 220 AD)
 

ABOUT THE AFRICAN TRADE BEADS

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AVE BEADS:  rattan and are creamier than the camera eye shows and the marks are lighter.) This rosary was inspired by the faithfulness of Kateri and her love for Our Lord, Jesus.  PATER BEADS:  not old but the same type of primitive, irregular and roughly made glass bead from Africa, traded in New France and have not changed)  The cross used on this series is cast from the late 18c Europe and is available without the rosary.  The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. 

MATTHEW 13:31-32 (nab)
31  parable of the seed ; He proposed another parable to them. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. 32  It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’”
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ALL CRUCIFIXES,
CENTERS AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY
All crucifixes, crosses, rosary centers and religious medals are available individually. Each handcast from vintage and antique pieces in sterling silver and solid bronze. See full collection at SUPPLIES above. 
"LILY of the MOHAWKS"
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pricing subject to change without notice
RTB.21133.b
PRICING / ORDER
RTB.21133.s
all metals cast from antique pieces in sterling or solid bronze
then antiqued to restore original patina
16 in

for a larger image, please click icon. For more information, pricing
or to order, click link above.,
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~ WHAT ARE TRADE BEADS ?  ~
 MORE ABOUT TRADE BEADS
Just as they suggest. To trade goods. In North America, beads were shipped from Europe to trade mainly for beaver pelts, used in the making of mens hats.  The priests who came to teach the indigenous about the true God, found that bringing beads to trade, attracted them as well. Many used these beads to string into rosaries. 
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We have also been inspired by and focusing in on the early missionary work of the French Jesuits through New France (Canada), in our area of the Great Lakes region and east to the Mohawk Valley of the United States.  (along with the southern part of the US including the West Coast) 
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We hope you enjoy this calling to recognition of these people who helped carve out our early history as much as we do!  Ask them to intercede for you and dedicate your personal rosary to whomever you wish. 
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A RECENT FIND
EARLY JESUIT CRUCIFIX (pre 1700s)
Also please note this Jesuit cross below arrived after the rosaries were designed and put on the website. If you prefer this crucifix over ones shown below,  please ask by calling ore emailing in your request to information given on top right of this page.
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Rare, hand made
Jesuit Crucifix - pre 1700s
RARE JESUIT CRUCIFIX - pre 1700s
found in a dig  in the Mohawk
valley Jesuit mission site. 
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Read history!  It is from the area where 
the North American Martyers were.

ALL CRUCIFIXES, 
CENTERS AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY
For more information about our rosary parts, go to SUPPLIES at top of page to see our full collection.   Available in solid bronze, sterling silver, and many now in white bronze. Each hand cast from antiques then hand polished. Given a patina to restore their original appearance.



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