Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870
Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870
Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870
Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870
Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870
Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870
Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870
Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870
Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870
Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870
Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870
Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870

Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870

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Antique Lourdes Rosary with Cowrie Shell Case, Bronze Fittings and Clasp Victorian Era circa 1870

This is a particularly beautiful example of a Cowrie Shell rosary case dating from the latter part of the 19th century. These are often described as coin purses but, although someone might have used it as such, they were made to carry a rosary as carrying coins in it would damage the brittle nature of the shell.

Such a beautiful and delicate shell. It is translucent when held to the light but lightweight and strong. A really lovely piece.

The case is in excellent antique condition and the bronze fittings have a lovely patina with the clasp closing firmly.

It measures 5.5 cm long by 4.5 cm wide by 3.5 cm deep and weighs 16.4 g

Inside is a lovely silver and art glass rosary that was made as a souvenir of a pilgrimage to Lourdes. It is light and delicate and in lovely condition.