Thursday, October 15, 2009

1700S ANTIQUE ROSARY OR ROSENKRANZ SILVER BLACK BEADS

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106) 1700s ANTIQUE ROSARY OR ROSENKRANZ SILVER FILIGREE AND BLACK BEADS- This is a rare and exquisite rosary from the 1700s. It's called the Rosenkranz with Bavarian roots. The black beads are large, with each Ave Maria bead measuring 10 mm; the Pater Beads are double-capped and measure 13-14mm. We have not tested the beads which feel like crystal or glass. The configuration of the Rosenkranz is slightly different from modern day rosaries; There are additional Pater Beads at either end of the 5 decades. There are therefore 8 Pater Beads in total instead of the usual 6 in modern rosaries. Aside from that, everythng else is the same. The two Pater Beads along with the Three Hail Mary beads are made of silver and are probably replacement beads. The Cross measures 1 4/5 by 2 4/5 inches. The Center Medal is large and elaborate. It has what looks like a crown on top. The Center Medal measures 1 1/3 inches. The rosary weighs 85.9 grams. We have on rare occasions seen rosaries that look like this with Spanish origin but this came from Germany. http://www.palhbooks.com/rosary.htm