Seven Sorrows ~ The Servite Chaplet

19th & 20th Century Aluminum
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Rare 'Standing' Mother of Sorrow with inscription in Italian; 'B. V. Addolorata'. Medallion is aluminum with a bead boarder and scalloped edges. Reverse has symbols of the passion, a bead border, no inscription. The medals are also aluminum, with a standing Madonna. The artwork on the medals is different from the artwork on the medallion, and there is no inscription.

The 'doubled' chain and bead links are steel. The beads are wood and oval - they are fairly uniform but there is some variation. The appear to be hand-turned, but with care and craftsmanship.

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Delicate Aluminum medals showing a 3/4 Madonna with the inscription Mater Dolorosa. The artwork on the Medallion is a different Madonna than the one shown on the medals. Medallion has the crucifixion on the reverse. Both sides have a raised-bead border. The medals have a plain border, but all the medals carry the Mater Dolorosa inscription.

Black oval beads, probably Gutta Percha. Bead links are steel, 'S' style chain is aluminum. One additional medal of Our Lady of Lourdes.

This rosary is part of a set, found with 5WoundsB.

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This rosary has the inscriptions in English, which is uncommon. The medals and the medallion all bear the inscription Mother of Grief, Pray for Us, with a 'portrait' style Madonna. Interestingly, the medals have either an alternate spelling or mistake - they say Mother of Greif Pray for Us. The medallion shows the crucifixion on the reverse with the inscription He is Dead for Us.

Round wood beads, steel chain and links. No country of origin or other marks.

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3/4 Madonna, with the inscription Virgo Septem Dolorum. The reverse show the crucifixion and the inscription Pro Nobus Mortuus Est. The medals also show a 3/4 Madonna, slightly different art. The medals and medallions all have a makers mark in a triangle or a diamond shape, but age and wear have made it too blurry to identify. No country of origin.

Shown here are three examples of this rosary, with different beads and chains but the same medals and medallion. Wood, boxwood, and a very rare horn (not bone) version; all chains and links are steel.

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Glass beads are unusual for Servite rosaries. These are hand faceted and were made in the late 19th century, probably in Bohemia. The medallion is missing. The medals are Aluminum, and show an older Blessed Mother, 3/4 (from just below the waist) with halo. Inscription reads Mater Dolorosa. No country of origin or makers mark. Steel chain and links, not stainless.

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From the late 19th century, 3/4 Madonna, with the inscription Virgo Septem Dolorum. The reverse show the crucifixion and the inscription Pro Nobus Mortuus Est. The medals also show a 3/4 Madonna, with slightly different artwork. The medals also carry the Virgo Septum Dolorum inscription. Both sides have a plain raised border. The medals are very lightweight and show the crisp details that made aluminum so popular with religious artists, especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, they are slightly oxidized, which makes it unlikely that they are aluminum. Perhaps tin, or an alloy of aluminum and some other metal.

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The small round beads are dark brown, almost black, and appear to be boxwood. Bead links and chain are steel.

No country of origin or metal content marks, but there is a makers mark of a small cross or clover. This mark indicates the famed Vachette engraving house of Paris, designers of the original Miraculous Medal.

 

French with a Star maker's mark. 'Portrait' style Madonna, showing head and upper torso only, with halo and inscription of Mater Dolorosa. Reverse shows the crucifixion with inscription Cristi Eleison. The medals and medallion both have the same artwork, but there is no inscription on the medals.

Aluminum Medallion and medals, oval brown wood beads. Steel chain is not stainless.

Medallion is stamped 'France'.

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