Antique French Sacred Heart and Saint Genevieve Medals with Crucifix
A trio of outstanding antique French treasures including The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint Genevieve medals along with an ornate crucifix.
The French Sacred Heart of Jesus medallion has a wonderful patina and punch marked under the loop for silver purity. The reverse side of the medallion features a stunning depiction of Jesus Christ with Marie-Marguerite Alacoque. She was was a French Roman Catholic Visitation nun and mystic, who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form. Her patronage includes: those suffering with polio, devotees of the Sacred Heart, loss of parents. The medal measures .50"W x 1.10"L (including the loop and bail) / weight - 1.20 grams (very dainty)
The Saint Genevieve medal measures .65"W x 1.10"L (including the loop and bail) and weights 1 gram (VERY lightweight)
Saint Genevieve is the patron saint of Paris in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions. Her feast day is kept on January the 3rd. She was born in Nanterre and moved to Paris after encountering Germanus of Auxerre and Lupus of Troyes and dedicated herself to a Christian life. In 451 she led a "prayer marathon" that was said to have saved Paris by diverting Attila's Huns away from the city. When the Germanic king Childeric I besieged the city in 464, she acted as an intermediary between the city and its besiegers, collecting food and convincing Childeric to release his prisoners.
Her following and her status as patron saint of Paris were promoted by Clotilde, who may have commissioned the writing of her vita. This was most likely written in Tours, where Clotilde retired after her husband's death, as evidenced also by the importance of Martin of Tours as a saintly model.
The crucifix measures .80" x 1.40" and weighs 1.85 grams. The high relief depiction of Christ is nothing short of amazing and the crucifix is adorned with six point stars.
The trio floats from a new 19 inch sterling silver chain with a luxurious rhodium finish which perfectly compliments the medals and crucifix.