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St. Genevieve ~ Patroness and Defender of Paris
St. Joan of Arc ~ Patroness of Soldiers & Captives
Winged Miraculous Medal ~ Miracles & Graces
St. George ~ Soldiers, Knights, Cavalry, Armorers, Horsemen
St. Christopher ~ Travelers & Against Sudden Death
St. Leonard ~ Prisoners of War & Difficult Births
This vintage ELCO bracelet is in VERY GOOD condition with large, shiny, heavy links and a strong clasp and safety catch. What a beautiful bracelet! It weighs an astonishing 60 grams! See the picture ~ I can hardly fit it in my hand when I hold it!
The bracelet is marked ELCO Sterling on the back of the clasp, which features the trademark ELCO heart. It could easily hold more medals if desired! The bracelet is 7 3/4” long (7 1/2” wearable length), almost a 1/2" wide. The medals were attached to the bracelet with new, 6mm sterling silver split rings. The medals make a lovely sound when worn.
For medium/ average to larger sized wrists.
~St. Genevieve Medal, round, vintage, marked CREED STERLING. 3/4” diameter. In excellent vintage condition. St. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St. Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to Great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of a crowd gathered around the man of God, who singled her out and foretold her future sanctity. At her desire the holy Bishop led her to a church, accompanied by all the faithful, and consecrated her to God as a virgin.
When Attila was reported to be marching on Paris, the inhabitants of the city prepared to evacuate, but St. Genevieve persuaded them to avert the scourge by fasting and prayer, assuring them of the protection of Heaven. The event verified the prediction, for the barbarian suddenly changed the course of his march.
The life of St. Genevieve was one of great austerity, constant prayer, and works of charity.
~St. Joan of Arc Medal, round, vintage, marked CREED STERLING. 3/4” diameter. In excellent vintage condition. St. Joan of Arc is a national heroine of France and the patron saint of soldiers and captives. Many believed she had visions from God that told her to recover her homeland. In early 1429 she convinced the uncrowned King Charles VII to give her a suit of armor and permission to relieve the siege at Orleans. At first treated as a figurehead by veteran commanders, she gained prominence when she lifted the siege in only nine days. After several other engagements and an important victory at Patay, she led a bloodless expedition to Rheims for Charles VII's coronation. This settled the disputed royal succession and recovered important territory. She was wounded during an unsuccessful attempt to recover Paris and was captured and delivered to the English, who convicted her of heresy. She was burnt at the stake in Rouen at the age of just nineteen.
~Winged Miraculous Medal, shield-shaped, vintage, STERLING. Approximately 15/16” long. Wings frame the miraculous Medal on top, wonderful detail. Wings have represented “Victory Wings” or pilots. The Miraculous Medal comes directly from the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother – a gift from heaven that has never ceased to effect marvels of grace throughout the entire world. In 1830, Sister Catherine Labouré beheld a vision in which the Blessed Mother appeared to her and instructed her to have a medal struck with her image. The Blessed Mother said that the persons who will wear it will receive great graces and that these graces will be abundant for those who wear it with confidence.
~St. George Medal, round, vintage, signed STERLING. Almost 1” in diameter. Marvelous, heavy medal with the image of St. George on his horse slaying the dragon. In very good vintage condition with slight wear to back consistent with age.
St. George was born to a Christian noble family in Syria in the late 3rd century. Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady (the dragon stands for wickedness and the lady stands for God's holy truth). St. George was a brave martyr who was victorious over the devil.
St. George was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. He was one of the Emperor's favorite soldiers. But Diocletian was a pagan, and in the year 302, he mandated that every Christian soldier be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Pagan gods. George objected and with the courage of his faith approached the Emperor. George loudly renounced the Emperor's edict, and in front of his fellow soldiers and Tribunes he claimed himself to be a Christian and declared his worship of Jesus Christ. Diocletian attempted to convert George (not wanting to lose his best Tribune), even offering gifts of land, money and slaves if he made a sacrifice to the Roman gods. George refused and Diocletian was left with no choice but to have him executed for his refusal.
Before the execution George gave his wealth to the poor and prepared himself. So boldly daring and so cheerful was St. George in declaring his faith and in dying for it that Christians felt courage when they heard about it. It is said that after witnessing his death, the Empress Alexandra and Athanasius, a pagan priest, were convinced to become Christians as well, and so they joined George in martyrdom. His body was returned to Palestine for burial, where Christians soon came to honor him as a martyr.
~St. Christopher Medal, round, vintage, marked STERLING. Approximately 7/8” diameter. St. Christopher is the patron saint of travelers and against sudden death. Classic image of St. Christopher on front carrying the Child Jesus with the words, “St. Christopher Protect Me.” In good vintage condition, with minimal wear to front, some minor wear on back consistent with age. Saint Christopher was a third century martyr, born Offero at Canaan. His fame derives from the pious legend of him being a "Christ-bearer" (= Christopher). He was a powerfully built man who wandered the world in search of novelty and adventure. He came upon a hermit who lived beside a dangerous stream and served others by guiding them to safe places to cross. He gave Offero instruction in the truth of God. Offero took the hermit's place, but instead of guiding travelers, he carried them safely across the stream.
One day he carried a small child across the stream; the child's weight nearly crushed him. When they arrived on the other side, the child revealed himself as Christ, and he was so heavy because he bore the weight of the world on himself. He then baptized Offero with water from the stream. Christopher's service at the stream led to his patronage of things related to travel and travelers, people who carry things, etc. His feast day is July 25.
~St. Leonard Medal, round, vintage, marked CREED STERLING. 3/4” diameter. In excellent vintage condition. According to unreliable sources, he was a Frank courtier who was converted by St. Remigius, refused the offer of a See from his godfather, King Clovis I, and became a monk at Micy. He lived as a hermit at Limoges and was rewarded by the king with all the land he could ride around on a donkey in a day for his prayers, which were believed to have brought the Queen through a difficult delivery safely. He founded Noblac monastery on the land so granted him, and it grew into the town of Saint-Leonard. He remained there evangelizing the surrounding area until his death. He is invoked by women in labor and by prisoners of war because of the legend that Clovis promised to release every captive Leonard visited. According to legend, prisoners who invoked him from their cells saw their chains break before their eyes. Many came to him afterwards, bringing their heavy chains and irons to offer them in homage. A considerable number remained with him, and he often gave them part of his vast forest to clear and make ready for the labors of the fields, that they might have the means to live an honest life.
About My Bracelets
I thoroughly enjoy collecting vintage religious holy medals and using them in my handcrafted bracelets, chaplets and rosaries, restoring them to their original purpose of prayer and devotion. I only use quality pieces and go to great lengths to find the perfect combination of materials. In most cases, I clean the medals but strive to preserve the warm patina that can only be acquired through age. Most are in very good condition, however, being vintage items, some show signs of use and wear~which I believe only adds to their beauty!