RARE Convent Antique Nineteenth Century Silver Sacred Heart Reliquary Ex Voto with Turquoise Stones
The silver (no hallmarks found but tests .925) heart has a crossing Crown of Thorns which is set with small turquoise stones. The stones are placed in an engraved channel which depicts a flat vine with thorns. There is is a small round latch, thumb hold and lower latch at the right which opens the precious heart. The interior back has a scrap of green silk (which has worn to threads with age). There is a separate glass heart shaped panel which has an outer edging of silver. This is placed over the relic or intention so it can be seen. The panel is not fixed, it is placed over the relic chamber as a protective piece. There is a ring at the top for threading a chain.
It measures 3/4” tall and 1/2” wide. It is in very good antique condition: some light scratching to back, a very light tiny indentation on the back (not very noticeable). All the turquoise stones are present. We have not cleaned the inside to preserve the history. The glass of the heart shaped panel has no cracks or chips noted).
We have never seen a sacred heart such as this. It is a rare and precious piece of religious history that has a very sacred ambiance.
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