I've never seen a carved meerschaum reliquary quite like this before. The reliquary itself is inset into a frame with bronze decorative rivets. Under the glass is a carved meerschaum Virgin Mary holding The Babe Jesus in her lap. The total height is slightly over 3" tall so the convex glass reliquary is very tiny indeed. An unique treasure soon to be part of an assemblage necklace. So keep a weather eye on Metal Corset for its debut.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
This is the tiniest antique carved meerschaum reliquary ex voto I've seen, ever.
It is a tiny 1.81" tall. The carving depicts Saint Jean-François Régis, a French Jesuit priest of the Society of Jesus.
The detail throughout this carving is absolutely astounding. His entwined fingers are so detailed you can see fingernails. A button on his shirt is visible. He embraces a crucifix where you can see a nail in Jesus' right hand and Jesus' navel.
The rear has handwritten script in French on a piece of very old paper. It reads, "St Francois Regis-enterrer a La Lalouvesc," translated to the best of my ability to, "Saint Francois Regis-buried in Lalouvesc," or, "Saint Francois Regis-died in Lalouvesc."
What a gem.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Newly listed to Metal Corset is this beautiful mourning assemblage necklace featuring an antique Victorian daguerreotype photo and an antique Victorian gutta percha mourning locket.
Check it out!
Friday, December 7, 2012
Newly listed to Metal Corset is this magnificent antique meerschaum reliquary and Sacred Heart ex voto assemblage necklace.
Check it out!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Newly listed to Metal Corset II are these 3 beautiful antique French Flaming Sacred Heart ex voto reliquaries.
The range between 4.25" and 3.75" tall.
Check 'em out!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
I found this salvaged Victorian black onyx hair mourning brooch with an amazing floral hair design created with macerated hair and gold ciphers all protected by a tiny clear rock quartz cap.
It's half of an original piece but still stunning in my estimation.