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#702 Antique French Prayer Card with Silver Religious Medal | The Gypsy Madonna Collection
Antique French Prayer Card with Silver Religious Medal | The Gypsy Madonna Collection

From France and dating to the late 1890s to early 1900s, may I offer this antique prayer card featuring a tiny piece of Victorian die cut (blue forget me nots), a black & white picture (Notre Dame de Fourviere) and a bit of blue ribbon holding a tiny silver religious medal. 

The writing on the card is in French and is a souvenir of a visit to the Cathedral.  Made by nuns for selling at the church, this small card also has a recommended prayer on the reverse for asking help of the Holly Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. 

The card measures 3-/2" x 2" while the silver medal measures 3/8" x 1/4".  The medal depicts the Virgin alone on one side and the Madonna & Child on the other.  As you can see, the medal has darkened quite a bit due to tarnish and in doing so has scuffed the card a bit.  I do not know if the medal is solid silver or not - my best guess would e silverplate as the card most likely cost only a penny or two. 

Light age to the piece, a touch of browning due to the loss of part of the die cut but overall, a nice little French religious collectible!

(702ry)

$4.00
The Gypsy Madonna Collection

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