THIS ITEM HAS SOLD** RARE Tiny Antique French Gilded Brass Sacred Heart Ex Voto Saint Expedit

**This item has SOLD** A rare tiny example, it measures 1 6/8" tall, 1" wide. The front is engraved, St. Expedit. It originates from a small French collection and dates towards 1880.

Expeditus (died 303) is said to have been a Roman centurion in Armenia who was martyred around April 303 in what is now Turkey, for converting to Christianity. He is considered the patron saint of speedy cases, The name "Expeditus" has provoked puns, so he has become the saint of rapidity. At first, he was invoked for urgent causes; he has since become the patron of dealers, sailors, students, and examinees; he is also implored for success in lawsuits."

The voto is of gilded brass with very delicately engraved fern leaves on either side of the name"Expedit". It has finely grooved flames and a ring at the back for threading a chain or ribbon. The patina is brilliant.

It is in very good antique condition: light wear to the patina on the back as is typical with age and use.

This example is unique as the majority of sacred hearts bear the initials for Mary or Jesus. This would have been a custom engraved voto. It gives us thought as to the mysterious reason the original owner had for his/her devotion to this Saint.

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