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Posted 5 years ago


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Antique Victorian Stanhope Rosary.

An oddity, Stanhopes were very popular in Victorian times. I love the novelty of Stanhope items and they are so rarely found in good order these days. The tiny little lense that holds the Stanhope image so often damaged or the image missing.

I was pleased to be able to take a close up photograph of the image of the Virgin Mary as it was seen inside the Stanhope.

A lovely memento of a time gone by and a wonderful devotional tool.

NB. this item was part of my past collection and is not available for sale.


  1. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
    great work on the stanhope photo - love your collection!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    The prayer looks like it is in four languages: French, Spanish, Italian and English.

    Ô Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous
    O María, concebida sin pecado, orad por nosotros que recurrimos a vos
    O Maria, concepita senza peccato, prega per noi che ricorriamo a te
    O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

    This prayer is related to the Miraculous Medal.
    "The Miraculous Medal was given to us by Our Lady to remind us of Her love and protection. When she appeared to Sister Catherine Labouré in Paris on November 27, 1830, Our Lady told Sister Catherine, "Have a medal struck on this model. All who wear it will receive great graces.""

    But the image itself is interesting, too! The image on the medal and the related pictures of Mary is discussed in an intersting article here:
    The Image of Mary of the Miraculous Medal: A Valiant Woman
    by Joyce C. Polistena
    The Valiant Woman. Divine Light. The July Revolution of 1830 and the Restoration. Emancipation and Feminism.

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