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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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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.
  9. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 months ago
    recently, a woman from Spain who studies old religious writing wrote to me after seeing my photos of this on Flickr. She said that it is an early 19th century piece which belonged to one of the original Spanish settlers of California [or their grandson]. according to the writing, he was very ashamed because he got a girl pregnant out of wedlock and the writing is very unusual and that this reliquary is one of the most unique that she's seen. she also said that the painting on it was exquisite and one of the best. she said that it is a very valuable piece of early california history. interesting!

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