Wednesday, June 3, 2009

ROSARIES OF STERLING SILVER - Antique, Vintage,New

We are posting some of our Catholic Rosaries made of sterling silver. For more information, go to palhbooks.com or email palhbooks@gmail.com or palh@aol.com:


74a) SMALL STERLING ROSARY WITH PETIT POINTE CASE- This is a lovely small sized rosary with its own case. The rosary is sterling silver, and the necklace part measures 17 inches; the part that dangles from the Center Medal to the tip of the Cross measures 4 1/2 inches. The rosary weighs 10 grams. The brass rosary holder has handmade stitched petit pointe on top. It snaps tightly. This will make a lovely heirloom gift.


69dd) SPANISH COLONIAL SILVER ROSARY WITH UNIQUE ETCHED BEADS -For some 333 years, Spain conducted a galleon trade between Seville, Mexico, and the Philippines, transporting Spanish colonial goods throughout Spain's vast empire. This silver rosary hails from the Spanish Colonial days in the Philippines, the 1800s. It have very interesting beads, which are somewhat barrell-shaped and with lovely etched design. Each Ave Maria bead measures approx. 5mm and the Pater Beads measure 8mm. The necklace part of the rosary measures 24inches; the dangling part from the Center medal to the tip of the Cross is 63/4 inches. The rosary weighs 22.1 grams. The Center Medal reflects the age of this piece with its simple etching of the Cross with rays in the front. The Cross measures 2 by 1 1/4 inches. The head of Christ is somewhat squashed, a victim of antiquity, but the Corpus as a whole is still handsome, with details of Christ's loin cloth showing intricate folds. The Cross also has elaborate details, quite beautiful, which are not showin in the pictures. This is a lovely, rare Spanish colonial antique silver rosary.


9) ANTIQUE 1800S STERLING SILVER WITH TORTOISE SHELL BOX HOLDER - For the serious collector, we have an incredible find - an antique sterling silver rosary with its own tortoise shell box holder. The antique sterling rosary is rare and in wonderful condition. The beads measure approx. 3 mm in size. The necklace part is 22 inches; and the dangling part is 7 1/2 inches. The rosary has unique medal spacers. Each medal spacer is approx. 8mm in diameter and has images of Mary, Jesus, with a design in the back showing what I believe is a spray of flowers and the Cross. The Cross is wonderfully detailed and measures 1 1/2 by 7/8 inch. I do not see any dents on the beads. The rosary has a nice patina and weighs 12.9 grams.

The tortoise shell holder is from the 1700s or 1800s, with real gold decoration. The box has cracks but it is holding together nicely and the hinge is strong. Tortoise shell boxes such a this one are rare and are highly collectible by themselves. Note that the box is not in perfect condition as the rosary.


3) SPANISH COLONIAL GALLEON TREASURE 1800S SOLID SILVER ROSARY- For some 333 years, Spain conducted a galleon trade between Seville, Mexico, and the Philippines, transporting Spanish colonial goods throughout Spain's vast empire. This rosary hails from those Spanish colonial days. We acquired it without a Cross, and so we placed a reproduction 1800s sterling Cross on it, also a Spanish Colonial design (Latin American). While the Cross is a reproduction, the rest of the rosary is authentic from Spanish Colonial days, around the 1800s. The Pater beads are capped on one end, and each measures approx. 10mm. The Ave Maria beads measure approx. 8mm. The necklace part of the rosary measures 31 inches long, and the dangling part from the center medal to the tip of the cross is 7 1/2 inches long and weighs a hefty 59.8 grams. The connecting chain are double wired - very sturdy. The sterling Cross is large and heavy with a handsome Corpus and lovely details in front and back. This is a magnificent piece!

78) SOLID STERLING SILVER ROSARY WITH ANGEL MOTIFF- This is a beautiful sterling silver rosary with a handsome Cross and Center Medal.. The necklace part measures 31 inches, and the dangling part is 7 1/2 inches long. It weighs 31.8 grams. The cross and Center Medal are substantial, and the whole things feels solid. The Cross and Center Medal have more details than the picture shows. Each Ave Maria bead measures 4-5mm; each Pater Bead measures 6-7 mm. This is an exquisite sterling silver rosary.1a) RARE VINTAGE SILVER ROSARY WITH ENAMEL CENTER MEDAL - This is a very lovely old silver rosary. The Cross and Center Medal are marked "sterling." The necklace part of the rosary measures 27 inches long, and the dangling part from the center medal to the tip of the cross is 6 1/2 inches long and weighs 25.8 grams. Each Ave Maria bead has an interesting shape, with ridges all throughout. The longest part of the bead measures approx. 8mm; and the Pater Beads measure 4mm. The Center Medal is blue enamel showing Our Lady; and the back shows an M with a Cross, and 2 hearts, depicting Our Lady's Heart and the Sacred Heart. The Cross measures 2 inches by 1 1/3 inches. We do not come across ridged beads like these ones. It is a very rare and beautiful rosary.




19) ANTIQUE RARE STERLING SILVER ROSARY WITH FLUTED BEADS AND WHITING DAVIS ROSARY CASE - This is such a lovely set! The sterling silver rosary has interesting ridged Ave Maria beads that look like two pyramids together, something like a diamond but in the round. Each Ave Maria bead measures 8 mm. The Pater Bead is round, measuring 4mm. The necklace part measures 25 inches; dangling part measures 6 inches. The rosary is marked sterling and weighs 24.6 grams. The Cross measures 1 2/3 by 1 inch; the Center Medal measures 1/2 inch. The Cross and Center Medal have elaborate designs. There is a blue enamel medal showing the image of Mary; this enamel medal shows some wear. The Whiting Davis case is silver tone and clean inside and in very good condition. The set is in excellent condition.


HAND CRAFTED SOLID 925 STERLING SILVER ROSARY WITH MARY BEADS & ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA- This is an exquisite solid sterling silver rosary with it's own leather case. The Ave Maria beads are oval shaped and show the image of Mary etched on both sides. The Pater beads near the three Ave Maria beads in the dangling part of the rosary are round and show the image of Christ on one side and the Trinity on the other (2 male figures and a dove). The other Pater Beads show St. Anthony of Padua and Jesus. The Center Medal shows St. Anthony of Padua on the one side and the image of the Basilica del Sancto, Padova (referring to St. Anthony's Basilica) on the other. The necklace part measures approx. 36 inches; the dangling part from the Center Medal to the tip of the Cross is 7 inches. The rosary has a lot of weight at 56.8 grams. This rosary in solid sterling silver and so marked with the 925 mark. This is a wonderful heirloom quality rosary that will last more than a lifetime.

69) RARE ANTIQUE 1800s FILIGREE ROSENKRANZ ROSARY - This rosary has Bavarian roots. The beads are all filigree and the Cross as well. Each Ave Maria bead is approx. 6 mm; and the pater Beads are 10 mm. The Cross measures approx. 1 3/4 by 1 1/4 inches. The beautiful Cross has a ceramic with the figure of Christ in front; and the back also has a ceramic Cross with and Eye where the head of Christ ought to be. The necklace part of the rosary measures 26 inches; the dangling part from the Center medal to the tip of the Cross is 6 1/4 inches. The rosary weighs 31.2grams.






69cc) FILIGREE STERLING SILVER ROSARY WITH CASE - This is a beautiful sterling silver rosary with exquisite details. The Ave Maria beads are filigree and measure 5-6mm. There are lovely unique oval spacers with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on one side and Christ on the other. The filigree Cross measures 1 by 1 1/2 inches. The filigree Center Medal shaped like a heart measures 2/3 inch. The necklace part measures 27 inches; the dangling part is 6 3/4 inches. The rosary weighs 24.9 grams. The rosary container looks like a small book and measures 2 by 2 1/2 inches. It is made of silver tone metal, with lovely details in front and in the back. The front has the image of Jesus of the Divine Mercy or Our Lady of Guadalupe. This set will make a lasting gift.


69bb) 1940s SOLID STERLING "NUGGET" SILVER ROSARY WITH CASE - This is a top quality sterling silver rosary with its own case. What is unique about this silver rosary is that the beads are solid and very dense and feel like nuggets. Each bead measures 5-6mm long. The necklace part measures 26 inches; the dangling part is 6 inches. The rosary weighs 27.1 grams. The handsome Cross measures 1 by 1 3/4 inches; the back is inscribed, "G. Michniewicz '42. It is marked "Sterling." There is a small round blue enamel medal attached. The rosary container looks like a small book and measures 2 by 2 1/2 inches; this is not marked sterling. It shows the image of Mary.