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Large, Double-sided, Eglomise, Colonial Spanish Reliquary

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Posted 3 years ago


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I bought this today from a man who got it from an old man who owed him for a favor. According to the guy i bought it from, the old man was a professional 'treasure-hunter' and a scientist [oceanographer?]. The letter is in old spanish. I'm very fluent in spanish [equal to my english], but i am having a difficult time deciphering the letters and words in this. these two documents were inside the locket along with another two which i'll post photos of tomorrow. I'd appreciate any help i can get in reading them. Thanks!

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  1. bratjdd bratjdd, 3 years ago
    What i could read and understand you have a locket from the early 18oo's in the letter is written in Italian. I believe Don Pedro is asking for forgiveness for not being able to pay 7 millions. I am not an expert, so i am hoping for you that maybe someone from cw that understand italian could translate it for you.
  2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
    i have more / better photos of it along w/ the other contents here:
  3. Kathycat Kathycat, 3 years ago
    very pretty
  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
    one person suggested that the writing is italian, not spanish. i have no idea. ??
  5. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
    it's definitely spanish, but i can't read much of it. i'm not very good at deciphering illegible handwriting.
  6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    i found a similar one which was called a spanish colonial reliquary. it wasn't nearly as interesting as this one [imho!], but at least i have another name to explore.
  7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    i just added a picture of the painting on the other side along w/ a tiny little relict inside it - a teeny painting.
  8. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    i finally solved this mystery. this is an extra fine and old, very large, spanish colonial reliquary. these were often carried by nuns and priests, but also some regular folks. i found lots of them online, but this is one of the finest i could find amongst them and the double-sided eglomise ones sell for around $500. they don't usually have so much stuff or 'relicts' in them as this one does. i think i'm going to put it all back inside and seal it w/ wax - which is the way they usually are kept.

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