Antique French Our Lady of Lourdes Medallion
This antique French Notre Dame Lourdes medal is punch marked on the loop for silver purity and features an ethereal depiction of Mother Mary on the front and a hand engraved reverse. Our Lady of Lourdes is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in honour of the Marian apparitions that are claimed to have occurred in 1858 in the vicinity of Lourdes in France. The first of these is the apparition of 11 February 1858, when 14 year-old Bernadette Soubirous told her mother that a "lady" spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend.
The patronage of Our Lady of Lourdes includes:
Lourdes, France, Quezon City, Tagaytay, Barangay Granada of Bacolod, Daegu, South Korea, Tennessee, Diocese of Lancaster, bodily ills, sick people, protection from diseases
The medal measures .70"W x 1.20"L (including the loop and bail)
weight - 3.20 grams
Floats from a new 19" silver chain.
Circa - late 1800s