Thursday, May 17, 2012

Maid Of Orleans

Another Joan of Arc assemblage necklace recently listed is this antique French Art Nouveau silver and gold tone Joan of Arc oratory shrine necklace.

The shrine is made to resemble a Gothic cathedral which is further enhanced by a large center medallion of Joan of Arc.

I've added a length of antique gold tone book chain and antique silver tone chain that suspends the oratory from the neck. To finish, a drop chain intended to grace the nape of your neck, suspends an antique Victorian Art Nouveau Fleur de Lis photo locket set with paste stones.

Very simple, yet elegant. Necklace measures approximately 23.5" open. The locket drop measures 3.5".

The Battle Cry

Newly listed to Metal Corset is this Joan of Arc assemblage purse necklace named, "The Battle Cry," for the chain mail represented in both the Art Deco chatelaine purse and the French Victorian Joan of Arc brooch.

The beautiful Art Deco chatelaine chain mail purse is silver tone metal over brass. It is large enough to hold a driver's license and a few dollars for a night out on the town. The gorgeous French Victorian brooch features Joan in chain mail and battle armor. She is surrounded by fleurs de lys, the national emblem of France and a Lorraine cross.

I've left the brooch intact so it is removable from the purse to wear alone if so desired. The chain necklace is a mixture of an antique Art Deco silver watch chain and a beaded faux pearl necklace. The closure sits at the left with a 2" drop chain suspending an antique Joan of Arc medal.

This is a stunning piece when worn, as the medal sits just above the collar bone.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

French Art Nouveau Lourdes Pocket Shrine Reliquary

Newly listed to Metal Corset II is this amazing silver plated French Art Nouveau pocket shrine reliquary which is covered in fleurs de lys, the national emblem of France. Inside, a tiny statuette of the Virgin Mary holding a rosary from the Lourdes apparition in silver tone metal. These shrines were often offered as a souvenir along the pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, around the late 1800s or early 1900s. Absolutely stunning detail throughout.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Art Nouveau Jeanne D'Arc Match Safe Vesta

Listed to Metal Corset II is this antique French silver plated Jeanne D'Arc match safe vesta. The front is adorned with several Joan of Arcs wearing battle armor surrounded by several fleurs de lys in high relief. The bottom has a match strike pad. The side is beautiful with a high relief shell design. Absolutely gorgeous piece. Measures 1.75" x 1.25".

Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Ave Maria Rosary

Newly listed to Metal Corset II is this antique Art Nouveau or Art Deco sterling silver 5-decades rosary featuring solid sterling silver Ave and Pater beads, a sterling silver filigree Ave Maria rosary center and a sterling silver filigree crucifix. It is very rare to find an antique rosary center with a 2 sided 3-dimensional crown above the letters, "A and M," for Ave Maria. Stamped .925 on the rear of crucifix. Measures 18.5" in length.