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Interesting 19th Century carved horn rosary.

{circa 1880-1890}

There are numerous relics attached in a very homemade fashion throughout the piece. The crucifix itself is a reliquary. This may be a homemade mourning rosary.

Smoothly carved horn beads presented in five decades. The crucifix opens by way of a tiny screw on the bottom. I only opened this once and photographed it quickly - There is hair inside as well as a paper that indicates there is an Agnus Dei inside and I can *barely* see another word, but cannot make it out. It is quite a bit of grime inside, so it was difficult to discern.

Dispersed along the rosary itself are several areas of tape. I carefully unwrapped one of these segments, thinking that it was holding the chain together. I was hoping it would be an easy fix...but soon realized that these little tape segments are ALSO relics of some sort! There is one right above the crucifix, One before and after the first section of ave beads above the crucifix and two more placed in the middle of decades (which I thought was unusual!) one of them wrapped in tape as well as thread.

In efforts to keep this holy devotional intact and undisturbed, I did not remove any further tape segments and carefully re-wrapped the one I had unknowingly disturbed.

The rosary measures 22 inches in length.

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Victorian Mourning Carved Horn Reliquary Rosary / Numerous Relics / Locket Crucifix