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Spectacular Historically Important Christian Relics Collection

This collection comprised from a selection of our very best antique reliquaries. It took us several years to assembe it searching around the World for important examples of clear provenance in immaculate undisturbed condition.

Selection of large silver thecae and gilt Baroque monstrances dating to 18th and 19th century and housing relics of important universally venerated Christian Saints and of the Christ's Passion is complimented by substantial first-class relics of early Martyrs and Miracleworkers.

Please be assured that all of our items are guaranteed for life to be genuine antique artifacts and that they are ethically sourced from private collections, estates, and antique marketplaces in Europe. At times, only our willingness to act as a ready buyer of last resort saved the relics from inevitable destruction or from getting into the wrong hands. 

To protect the privacy of our clients, pricing of many items is available upon request only. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need pricing or any other information or would like to become a custodian of one of the items shown in this section. 

We offer a substantial discount for members of the clergy and acquisitions for the purpose of public veneration. 

Reliquary monstrance with large relic of St Nicholas of Bari, the Wonderworker of Myra

Baroque glass-fronted monstrance of giltwood dating to 1830's housing very significant (50 mm / 2 inches long) first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. The relic is affixed to the red background, surrounded by the decoration of silk flowers, and identified on a paper manuscript cedula label as Ex Oss Nicolai de Bari E (Of the bone of Saint Nicholas of Bari, Bishop).  The monstrance is sealed on the back with a crisscrossed ribbon held by seals of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of important Vatican official - Monsignor Costantino Cardinal Patrizi Naro (†), Prefect of the Roman Curia (1832-1834), as such responsible for the distribution of relics (later - Secretary of Universal Inquisition (1876), Dean of the College of Cardinals (1870-1876), and the Archpriest of the Arcibasilica Saint John Lateran Basilica, the patriarchal cathedral church of Rome that houses the ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome (i.e. the Pope) (1867-1876)). Suitable for public veneration. 

  • ID# 191-RSCR-185
  • Size 16 1/2 x 8 inches (42 x 20 cm)
  • Age ca. 1830's
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials Monstrance of gilt wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary monstrance with large relics of Saint Martyr Cyriacus, Bishop of Jerusalem

Opulent 17-th century reliquary in a form of a chest of gilt and painted wood with frontal openings and internal vitrine of glass housing very large and historically significant ex ossibus (bone) relics of Saint Cyriacus, Martyr & Bishop of Jerusalem. The relics are identified on a manuscript paper cedula label as S. Corpus S. Ciriaci Epi. et Martire (from the holy body of Saint Cyriac, Bishop and Martyr). The reliquary is recertified in the 19th century with red ribbon secured by seals of red Spanish wax with imprints of a coat of arms of Cardinal Lorenzo Litta  (†), the Vicar General of Rome (1818-1820).

  • ID# 27-RSMBR-23
  • Size 11 x 9 x 5 in (28 x 23 x 13 cm)
  • Age ca. 17th century, re-certified in 19th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials Gilt wood, glass
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary with relics of Saints Cosmas & Damian, Unmercenary Healers, Patrons of Doctors

18th-century angel-form reliquary made of painted and gilded wood with front glass panel housing significant first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of two Unmercenary healers: Saints Cosmas and Damian. The relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on paper cedulae labels as S. Cosmae Mart. / S Damiani Mart. (Saint Cosmas Martyr / Saint Damian Martyr). On the back, the reliquary is protected by a crisscrossed silk ribbon held in place by four seals of red Spanish wax with clear imprints of a coat of arms of an unidentified Catholic Bishop. The reliquary has damage on the left side where the arm is partially missing. 

  • ID# 206-RSCR-2
  • Size 16 1/2 in (42 cm high)
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials wood, glass
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Spectacular reliquary with an important relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Spectacular Baroque faceted crystal-fronted silver cruciform reliquary decorated by stones of colored glass and housing significant relic from the Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The substantial relic consisting of three separate large pieces is identified on a bicolor manuscript cedulae labels reading clockwise DNJC  (Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the reliquary is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Placido Zurla, O.S.B. Cam., († 1834), Cardinal Vicar of Rome and Cardinal-Priest of the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem in Rome. 

  • ID# 217-RSCR-28
  • Size 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches (190 x 135 mm)
  • Age ca. first third of the 19th century
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials silver. crystal, glass, silk
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Important reliquary with large relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Opulent 18th-century Baroque reliquary monstrance of giltwood decorated with Arma Christi (Instruments of Passion) and housing very large and important relics from the wood from the True Cross of Jesus ChristThe relics are displayed in a  glass-fronted cruciform cavity located in the center of the monstrance and identified on a paper cedula label as  De Ligno S. Crucis DNJC  (of the wood from the Holy Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the cavity is secured by four seals of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Antonio Paganini, Vicar General to Giuseppe Saporiti (+1767), Archbishop of Genoa (1746-1767). Fit for public veneration.

  • ID# 189-RSCR-18
  • Size Reliquary is 37 cm (14 1/2 in) high
  • Age ca. Mid-18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials Gilt wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Spectacular Silver Reliquary Monstrance with a Large Relic of St. Theodore of Amasea (Tyron), the Great Martyr

Extremely rare  mid-19th-century ornate silver reliquary monstrance housing large and important relics Saint Theodore of Amasea. The relics are arranged on the background of red silk and surrounded by gilt paper ornamentation and identified on two typeset paper cedulae labels as S. Theodorae A.M. (Saint Theodore of Amasea, Martyr). On the back, the monstrance is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Jean-Marie Mioland, the Archbishop of Toulouse (1849-1859). On the base, the reliquary is stamped with a sterling silver hallmark of France and a maker's mark of Jean Baptiste Carnier (ca. 1850).

  • ID# 17-RSSR-18
  • Size 15 inches (38 cm)
  • Age ca. 1850
  • Origin Toulise, France
  • Materials silver, glass, silk
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Spectacular theca with first-class relic of St. Christopher, Patron of Travelers

Spectacular large silver crystal-fronted reliquary decorated with opulent floral ornamentation and housing significant first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Christopher Substantial relic is affixed to the background of red silk decorated with paperole ornamentation and identified on a paper cedula label as S. Christopha/ri M. (St. Christopher, Martyr). On the back, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing a faint imprint with a coat of arms of an unidentified Catholic Bishop.

  • ID# 09-RSSR-22
  • Size 190 x 120 mm (7 1/2 x 5 in)
  • Age ca. 1820s
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials silver, glass
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented arm reliquary with important relics of Saint Abundius, Miracleworker, Deacon & Martyr

Reliquary in the form of a realistically rendered arm with blessing fingers made of silvered and gilt papier-maché containing, in the mid-section cavity, a removable oval glass-fronted silvered brass theca with two historically significant first-class relics of an early Christian martyr Saint Abundius of Rome, identified on a manuscript cedula label as of the dens  (tooth) and digiti iunctura (part of a finger).  On the back, the theca is secured by an impression in red Spanish wax of a seal of fr. Giuseppe Mancini (†1855), Archbishop of Siena (1824-1855).The reliquary is accompanied by the original certification document issued and hand-signed in 1829 by Fr. Giuseppe Mancini.

The document describes the relic in Italian as follows:

Giuseppe Mancini
by the grace of God, and of the Holy Apostolic See
Archbishop of Siena  Domestic Prelate of His Holiness and assistant to the papal throne

We publicly acknowledge with our present letters for the greater glory of God and veneration of his saints, having recognized the following sacred relics, namely: a tooth and a bone of a finger of Saint Abundius priest, monk, and Martyr ... We placed ... extracted from authentic places, in a glass-fronted silvered brass case of oval oblong shape and housed in a silver-plated papier-mache reliquary in [the shape of] an arm. 

  • ID# 184-RSCR-2
  • Size 17 3/4 in (45 cm) high
  • Age ca. 1829
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Materials Silvered and gilt papier-mache reliquary, silvered brass theca
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary with relic from the Titulus Crucis (INRI) of the True Cross of Jesus

Spectacular 18th-century Baroque silver reliquary decorated with silver filigree wire ornamentation and housing under a plate of thick rock crystal significant ex Titulus Crucis  (from the Inscription board on the True Cross) relic of Christ's Passion.  The substantial relic measuring approximately 7 x 5 mm is affixed to a silk background decorated with paperolle and identified on a fancy-cut manuscript cedula as De Tabula Tituli Crucis DN [JC[ (From the Titulus tablet of the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, over another plate of rock crystal, the relic is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giuseppe Mancini (†1855), Archbishop of Siena (1824-1855).  The seal is a later re-certification in place of a lost original 18th-century authentics. 

  • ID# 180-RSCR-24
  • Size 195 x 111 mm (7 3/4 x 4 1/4 in)
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Spectacular Reliquary with relics of China / Vietnam Catholic Martyr Saints: St. Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, St. François-Régis Clet, St. John of Triora & St. Ignatius Delgado. 中華殉道聖人 Các Thánh Tử đạo Việt Nam

An opulent and massive solid silver-faced Baroque reliquary housing substantial and historically-important ex ossibus (of the bone) pre-canonization relics of four Catholic Martyr Saints of China and Vietnam: St. Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, St. François-Régis Clet, St. John of Triora, and St. Ignatius Delgado, all Beautified by Pope Leo XIII on May 27, 1900. The reliquary was sealed around the time of the Beatification by the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris and distributed by the Vatican's Papal office of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes.  The relics are affixed to a background of red silk and surrounded by paperolle, silk thread, and imitation pearl decoration, identified on the typeset cedula labels as B. L. Gabr. Dufresse E. M. Sem. Miss. Ext. (the Blessed Louis Gabriel Dufresse Bishop & Martyr, Society of Foreign Missions) / B. Francisci Clet M. Cong. Miss. (the Blessed Francis Regis Clet, Martyr, Congregation of the Mission) / B. Ioan, a Triora M. Ord. Min. (the Blessed John da Triora, Martyr, Order of Friars Minor) / B. Ign. Delgado E. M. Ord. Praed. (the Blessed Ignacio Delgado, Bishop & Martyr, Dominican Order).  On the back, under a protective cap, the reliquary is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of the Postulator General of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris (Société des Missions étrangères de Paris, short M.E.P.), a Roman Catholic missionary organization of secular priests and laypersons dedicated to missionary work in foreign lands. On the front, the crystal-fronted reliquary opening is surmounted by a coat of arms of Pope Leo XIII (p. 1878-1903) and decorated below with a shield engraved with Latin inscription: EX OSSIBVS / MARTYRVM LXXVII / SINEN. TVNQVINEN COCHINCHINEN / QVIBVS LEO PAPA XIII / ANNO IVBILAEI MCM / BEATORVM HONORES / DECREVIT. ("Of the Bones of 77 Martyrs of China and Cocochina (Vietnam), whom Pope Leo XIII declared as the Beatified in the jubilee year of 1900."). The reliquary comes in its original silk-lined fitted case embellished on the outer lid with a gilt coat of arms of Pope Leo XIII.  

  • ID# 13-RSCBR-3
  • Size 11 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in (29 x 21 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin France
  • Materials silver, brass, crystal, silk
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver

Reliquary frame with massive relics from the burial coffin of St. Benedict Joseph Labre, Patron of Bachelors

Rectangular glass-fronted reliquary housing very large and important second-class ex arca sepulcrali (of the burial coffin) pre-canonization relics of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, T.O.S.F. The relics are contained inside of the reliquary box and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as "ex arca sepulcrali  B. Benedictii Josephi Labre Conf." (from the burial coffin of the Blessed Benedict Joseph Labre, Confessor). The reliquary is secured by multiple seals of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Costantino Patrizi Naro (†1876), Dean of the College of Cardinals and the Vicar General of the Roman Curia. 

  • ID# 622-RSGSR
  • Size 42 x 21 x 4.5 cm (16 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches)
  • Age ca. mid-19th century
  • Origin Rome, Italy
  • Materials Wood, glass, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request

Spectacular theca with first-class relic of St. Bartholomew the Apostle

Spectacular large silver crystal-fronted reliquary decorated with intricate filigree wire floral ornamentation and housing significant first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Bartholomew, the Apostle Substantial relic is affixed to the background of red silk and identified on a paper cedula label as Ex Ossibus + St. Bartholoni Ap. (from the bone of St. Bartholomew, [the] Apostle). On the back, over a protective pane of glass, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of Monsignor Placido Zurla, O.S.B. Cam., († 1834), Cardinal Vicar of Rome.

  • ID# 07-RSSR-18
  • Size 170 x 115 mm (4 1/2 x 6 3/4 in)
  • Age ca. 1820's
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials silver, crystal
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary Bust with Relics of St. Gelasius of Fossombrone, Soldier & Martyr

ca. 1600 life-size bust-form reliquary made of painted wood housing very large historically important first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Gelasius of Fossombrone. The relic is affixed inside of an oval glass-fronted opening and identified on paper cedula label in as S.Gelasi a. 4 Febrarii (Saint Gelasius venerated February 4). The saint's name is also inscribed on the base of the bust. The reliquary most likely came from the church in Fossombrone, Italy built around 1609 by Francesco Maria II della Rovere, the last Duke of Urbino.

  • ID# 204-RSCR-3
  • Size 20 in (52 cm)
  • Age ca. 1600
  • Origin Fossombrone, Italy
  • Materials wood, glass
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Important reliquary theca with relics of St Valentine of Rome, Patron of the Courtly Love

Attractive large oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing significant and important relic of Saint Valentine of Rome, Bishop and Martyr. Very large (3 cm or 1  1/4 inches long) first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic is affixed on a background richly decorated with gilt paper and silk flowers and identified in a fancy cut paper cedula label as Ex Oss S. Valentini Mart. (Of the bone of Saint Valentine, Martyr). On the back, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Cardinal Bernardino (†1807), the Archbishop of Senigallia and an important official of the Vatican Curia. 

  • ID# 196-RSCR-12
  • Size 160 x 130 mm (6 1/4 x 5 1/4 in)
  • Age ca. 1790s
  • Origin Italy
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Extremely rare documented reliquary theca with four relics of Saint Pope John Paul II

Extremely rare round gilt metal reliquary theca housing the first- and second-class pre-canonization relics of Saint Pope John Paul II. The relics are affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a bi-color typeset cedula label as Ex Lapide et Arca Sepulcrali // Beati Joannis Pauli II Papae // ex Capillis ey ex Jndumentis. (of the sepulcher stone and casket, of the hair and clothing of the Blessed Pope John Paul II).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. The relic comes in the original case of issue embellished with a coat of arms of Saint Pope John Paul II and is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued in 2011 and signed by Rev. Slawomir Oder, the Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. We obtained this extremely rare item from someone who worked at the Vatican and received it directly from the Postulator General. This item is appropriate for public and private veneration.

  • ID# 04-SPJP-16
  • Size 52 mm ( 2 1/4 inches) across
  • Age ca. 2011
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request

Spectacular theca with relics of 4 Franciscan Martyr Saints of China & Vietnam: St. Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, St. Ignatius Delgado, St. François-Régis Clet & St. Giovanni of Triora 中華殉道聖人

Spectacular silver glass-fronted reliquary decorated with intricate filigree wire ornamentation and housing significant first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of four Franciscan Martyr Saints of China and Vietnam: Saint Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, Saint Ignatius Delgado y Cebrian,  Saint François-Régis Clet, and Saint John of Triora Substantial relics are affixed to the background of red silk surrounded by gilt wire and natural pearl ornamentation and identified on separate paper cedulae labels. On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Franciscan Order. The reliquary was most likely made shortly after the beatification of the Saints in 1900.

  • ID# 05-RSCR-12
  • Size 6 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in (16 x 12 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials Silver
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver

1903 Documented reliquary with a relic of St. Jane Frances de Chantal founder of the Congregation of the Visitation of Holy Mary (Visitandines)

Finely-cast bronze Neo-Gothic style reliquary cabinet containing a significant first-class ex dentis (tooth) relic of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal. The relic is identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as Ste de Chantal  and certified by a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of the coat of arms of Monsignor Henri-Victor Altmayer O.P. (†1930), Archbishop of Baghdad, Iraq. The relic comes with its original matching authentics document signed by Fr. Altmayer in 1903.  

  • ID# 31-RSMIS-167
  • Size 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) tall
  • Age ca. 1903
  • Origin Baghdad, Iraq
  • Materials bronze, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request

Reliquary with Important Relic of the Blessed Francis Page, the last Jesuit Martyr of England

Baroque reliquary made of painted wood decorated by cherubs in four corners with two glass windows housing significant historically important first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of the Blessed Francis Page, Jesuit Martyr of England. Inside of the reliquary, the relic is affixed to a velvet-covered board and identified in black paint in Gothic script on the front-side as Francis P, Mart. (Francis Page, Martyr). The Martyr is further identified on two labels affixed to the relic with his year of death noted as 1602 and secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of a French Cardinal. On the back of the velvet-covered board, there is a manuscript letter of testimony dated 1886 and certified by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of the Jesuit Order.

Translation of the Authentics document:

"The undersigned priest of the parish of Decize certifies having received and verified on the 3 April of 1883, this relic of the Martyr Francis Page who died in 1602. We have found the relic in a perfect state of preservation. And after having placed in its reliquary of wood surmounted by the image of the Holy Virgin Mother of God, we have sealed it with our seal. Done and sealed in this place the 25 April 1886."

  • ID# 02-RSLFR-28
  • Age ca. 1886 in earlier reliquary
  • Origin France
  • Materials Painted wood, glass, paper.
  • Price Price upon request

ca. 1800 Spectacular Spanish silver reliquary of St. Narcissus (Narcís), Bishop Martyr of Girona & Miracleworker of the Flies

A spectacular gilt silver reliquary of high craftsmanship dating to the time of the Napoleonic wars (ca. 1800) and containing a significant first-class relic of St. Narcissus, Bishop and Martyr of Girona. The design of the reliquary strongly resembles the tomb of St. Narcissus in the Basilica of St. Felix in Girona. The bone relic is housed in a small glass-sided casket affixed in the center of the reliquary and surmounted by a Bishop's mitre and crossed Bishops staff and the palm branch indicating the Martyrdom. The reliquary is hallmarked with a stamp of Antonio Desoy from Genoa (Italy) active in Girona between 1795 and 1809. The base of the reliquary is decorated with a count's crown with the initials "CDP" and inscription "A LOS S res" (To the señores), indicating that the reliquary was made as a gift to the Count and Countess whose monogram appears on the reliquary. The reliquary was most likely produced at the time of the Battle of Girona (1808) during the the Napoleonic wars and had been a part of the famous collection of Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre, the founder of the Fashion House of Balenciaga in Spain. 

  • ID# 03-RSGA-48
  • Size 10 1/2 inches (26 cm) tall
  • Age ca. 1800
  • Origin Girona, Spain
  • Materials gilt silver
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver

Reliquary with a significant bone relic of Pope Saint Gregory VII

A documented reliquary with an important ex ossibus relic of Pope Saint Gregory VII, one of the greatest of the Roman pontiffs and one of the most remarkable men of all times. The ex ossibus (of the bone) first-class relic consisting of an intact right femur (thigh) bone resting on a red-colored velvet covered pillow decorated with gilt silver thread ribbons affixed with small nails to a rectangular burgundy-colored velvet covered wooden plank. The saint is identified on the relic itself in black ink as “S. Gregorius VII” and further on a typeset paper cedula label in French language as GREGOIRE VII. The relic is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of a French town of Saint-Martin du Tertre. A French-language handwritten certification document secured by the analogous seal and affixed to the bottom side of the plank attests to the authenticity of the relic and provides its provenance as follows:

(Translated from French)

“I, the undersigned, parish priest of Saint Joseph Church, attest ... of the diocese of Sens, attest to this holy relic of Our Father Gregory VII, who joined our Lord in the year of grace 1085. I attest to its authenticity and of having sealed it with Our seal, prepared at Saint Martin du Tertre on May 11, 1881. Jaubert “ The relic and the reliquary are in generally good condition showing signs of normal aging and some moth damage to the velvet covering the plank."

  • ID# 25-RSMIR-26
  • Size The plank measures 62 cm (24 ½ inches) and the bone relic measures 43 cm (17 inches)
  • Age ca. 1881
  • Origin Bourgogne, France
  • Materials wood, velvet
  • Price Price upon request

Spectacular bust reliquary with a first-class relic of St. Anne, Mother of the Virgin Mary

A spectacular life-size bust-form reliquary dating to the 18th century made of gilt, silvered, and painted wood housing a large historically important first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Anne, Mother of the Virgin Mary. The relic is affixed inside of an round glass-fronted opening and identified on paper cedula label in as S. Annae, Matris BVM (Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary). On the back of the reliquary, the opening to access the relic cavity is protected by a hinged wooden door with a lock, missing it original key. The relic is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Bishop Francesco Vivani (†1767), Bishop of Camerino and Fabriano, Italy (1746-1767). Suitable for public veneration.

  • ID# 53-RSMBR-24
  • Size 24 high x 19 inches wide (61 x 48 cm)
  • Age ca. 1750's
  • Origin Camerino or Fabriano, Italy
  • Materials Gilt and silvered wood, glass
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Bust reliquary with large relic of St. Juliana of Nicomedia, Virgin & Martyr, Patron Saint of Sickness

A life-size bust-form reliquary dating to the 18th century made of gilt, silvered, and painted wood housing very large historically important first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Juliana of Nicomedia. The relic is affixed inside of an oval glass-fronted opening and identified on paper cedula label in as S. Julianae, Virg. et Mar. (Saint Juliana, Virgin and Martyr). On the back of the reliquary, the opening to access the relic cavity is protected by a red silk ribbon with three seals of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Cardinal Marcantonio Colonna (†1793), Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Vicar General of the Roman Curia.

  • ID# 49-RSMB-13
  • Age ca. second half of the 18th century
  • Origin Rome, Italy
  • Materials Silvered, gilt, and painted wood, glass
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary monstrance with 2 relics of the Passion - the True Cross and the Holy Shroud

Elegant 19th century Baroque reliquary monstrance of parcel gilt and whitewashed wood housing two significant relics of ​the Christ's Passion: of the wood from the True Cross and of the material from the Holy Shroud. The relics are displayed in a  grass-fronted cavity located in the center the monstrance and identified on a fancy-cut paper cedula label as  De Ligno + DN  (of the wood [from the True Cross] of Our Lord) and De Sindone DN (of the Shroud of Our Lord). On the back, the cavity is secured by four seals of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giovanni Francesco Capelletti (†1831), Bishop of Ascoli Piceno (1806-1831). Fit for a for public veneration.

  • ID# 147-RSCR-25
  • Size 12 1/2 in (32 cm) high
  • Age ca. first third of the 19th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials gilt wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Spectacular Reliquary Monstrance with a scarce Relic from the Vestment of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Spectacular silvered-bronze reliquary monstrance in a shape of an angel holding wildflowers surmounted by the cross housing scarce precious Ex Veste (from the Vestment) relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relatively large precious relic is placed inside of the glass-fronted oval compartment on a red silk background surrounded by gilt paperolle and silver wire ornamentation and identified on a manuscript paper cedula label as Bmae Virg Mariae  (The Blessed Virgin Mary). On the back, under the protective cap, the reliquary is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Bishop Nicola Angelo Maria Landini, O.E.S.A. (†1782), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon and the Vicar General of the Vatican Curia.

  • ID# 19-RSSR-14
  • Size 17 3/4 inches (45 cm) tall
  • Age ca. third quarter of the 18th century
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials silvered bronze, glass, silk, wax
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary monstrance with relics of St Pantaleon, (Panteleimon), Greatmartyr and Unmercenary Healer

Opulent 18th century Baroque reliquary monstrance of gilt wood housing very significant and historically important relic of ​the Saint Pantaleon, Greatmartyr and Unmercenary HealerThe relic in displayed in an oval grass-fronted cavity located in the center the monstrance and identified on a fancy-cut paper cedula label as  S. Pantaleo. Mart  (Saint Panteleon, Martyr). On the back, the cavity is secured by two seals of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Francisco Maria de Vecchi, the Apostolic Protonotary and the General Vicar to Fr. Giuseppe Maria Saporiti, Archbishop of Genoa (1746-1767). Fit for a large place of public veneration. 

  • ID# 141-RSCR-9
  • Size Reliquary: 38 cm / 15 inches high, relic - 35 mm long
  • Age ca. 18th century, Genoa, Italy
  • Materials gilt wood
  • Price (RESERVED)
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Rare Casket Reliquary with relics of Martyrs: St. Ursula, King Louis XVI, St. Felicity & St. Fidelis

Extremely rare ca. 1850 French glass-sided casket reliquary housing precious relics of Saint Martyrs: Ursula, Felicity of Rome, Fidelis of Sigmaringen, and French King Louis XVI. In the main compartment, relics of St. Felicity and St. Fidelis are centered around substantial double-relics of St. Ursula. Relics of French King Louis XVI are housed in a glass vile centered in the upper compartment. On the inside, the reliquary has a paper label with a manuscript text in French: "fait à Paris ce 30 Décembre d'annie 1816".  (Done in Paris this December 30, 1816). 

On the bottom panel, the reliquary is secured by two ribbons of red silk held by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with a seal of Cardinal Jacques-Marie-Adrien-Césaire Mathieu (†1875), Archbishop of Besançon (1850-1875). 

  • ID# 30-RSMISR-135
  • Size 4 1/2 inches (11.5 cm) wide
  • Age ca. third quarter of the 19th century
  • Origin France
  • Materials Glass, silk, gilt paper, wood, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
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1878 Documented Reliquary Bust with a major relic of St. Vincent de Paul, patron of of charity & lost articles

1878 Documented Reliquary Bust with a major relic of St. Vincent de Paul, patron of of charity & lost articles

Bronze reliquary bust on a stone base depicting St. Vincent de Paul, housing a major first-class ex dentis (of the tooth) relic of the Saint. The reliquary theca with a relic is centered on the lower part of the bust.  The reliquary bust comes with an original certification document issued in 1878 by Monsignor Adolphe-Louis-Albert Cardinal Perraud C.O. (†1906), Bishop of Autun (-Châlon-sur-Saône-Mâcon) and Superior General of Société de l’Oratoire de Jésus (1884–1901).

  • ID# 32-RSAG-21
  • Size the bust - 9 /12 inches (24 cm) tall, theca - 27 mm in diameter
  • Age ca. 1878
  • Origin France
  • Materials bronze, note, felt, silk, glass
  • Price Price upon request

Reliquary monstrance with 3 relics of the Passion of Christ - True Cross, Holy Thorn & Column of Flagellation

Large 18th-century reliquary monstrance housing relics of Christ's Passion: of the Wood from the True Cross, of the Holy Thorn from the Crown of Thorns, and of the Column of FlagellationThe relics are displayed in two grass-fronted cavities located in the center and the base of a cruciform monstrance of gilt wood. They are identified on a paper cedula labels as (top)  Ligno SS. Cruc. D. J. / Columna D. J. ([of] the Wood [from] the Most Holy Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ / [of] the Column of Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ) and (bottom) as De Spina D. N. J. C. ([of] the Thorn of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the cavities are secured by four seals of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Aloisio Buonamici (†), Bishop of Volterra (1782-1791). Fit for a large place of public veneration. 

  • ID# 143-RSCR-22
  • Size Reliquary: 42 cm / 16 1/2 inches high
  • Age ca. late 18th century, Italy
  • Materials gilt wood
  • Price Price upon request
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Bust reliquary with large relic of St. Paulina (Paolina) of Rome, Virgin & Martyr

A life-size bust-form reliquary dating to the 18th century made of silvered painted wood housing very large historically important first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Paulina. The relic is affixed inside of an oval glass-fronted opening and identified on paper cedula label in as S. Paulinae, Virg. Mar. (Saint Paulina, Virgin & Martyr). On the back of the reliquary, the opening to access the relic cavity is protected by a red silk ribbon with three seals of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Cardinal Marcantonio Colonna (†1793), Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Vicar General of the Roman Curia.

  • ID# 48-RSMB-13
  • Age ca. second half of the 18th century
  • Origin Rome, Italy
  • Materials Silvered wood, glass
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

18c Fine Reliquary Bust with Relics of St. Concordia, Martyress of Rome, Patron of Nursing Mothers

A spectacular near-life-size 18th-century bust-form reliquary made of gilt and painted wood housing a large first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Concordia, Martyr. The relic is affixed inside of a round glass-fronted opening and identified on paper cedula label as Ex Ossibus / S Concordia M. (From the bone of St. Concordia Martyr). On the back of the reliquary, inside of the round opening, the relic is secured with three seals of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Roman Catholic bishop that appears to be a later re=certfification of the original. Suitable for public veneration.

  • ID# 54-RSMBR-24
  • Size 21 inch high x 15 inches across (53 x 38 cm)
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Materials Gilt and silvered wood, glass, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
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Large gilt wood reliquary with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

A large ca. 18th century cruciform altar reliquary monstrance of gilt wood housing relics from the wood from the True Cross of Jesus ChristThe relics are displayed in a  glass-fronted  cavity located in the center of the monstrance where they are affixed in a cruciform shape to the background of red silk. On the back, under a protective lid, the cavity is secured by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.  Suitable for public veneration.

  • ID# 33-RSSR-15
  • Size 23 1/2 inches (60 cm) tall
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin France
  • Materials Gilt wood, glass, silk
  • Price Price upon request
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Monstrance reliquary with relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Elaborate Baroque 18th-century monstrance of gilt wood with crossed Arma Christi surmounted by carved wooden canopy containing oval silver glass-fronted theca housing relic of the Passion of Jesus Christ: particles of the Wood from the True Cross. The relics are mounted in cruciform shape on a background of red silk and surrounded by gold burst and twisted silver wire decoration. They are identified on elaborately cut out paper cedula label as Ex Lingo SS-mae Crucis D.N.J.C. (From the wood of the Most Precious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). The theca is authenticated on the back with perfectly preserved red wax seal of Francesco Gaetano Incontri (†1781), the Archbishop of Florence (p. 1741-1781). 

  • ID# 122-LCD-12
  • Size Monstrance: 42 x 17 cm
  • Age ca. third quarter of the 18th century, Italy
  • Materials gilt wood monstrance and silver theca
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Large reliquary with important relic of Basil of Caesarea (the Great Hierarch), Doctor of the Church

Large oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Basil the Great. A significant (over 55 mm / 2 inches in length!) bone relic is affixed to the background of patterned silk ground and identified in Latin on a fancy manuscript cedula label as S. Basily Ep. D. (St. Basil, Bishop, Doctor of the Church). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of Cardinal Antonio Felice Zondadari (†1823), Archbishop of Siena (1795-1823). 

  • ID# 238-RSCR-8
  • Size 13.5 cm (5 1/2 inches) in length
  • Age ca. first quarter of the 18th century
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
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Important reliquary with relic of Saint Benedicta (Benedetta) of Rome, Virgin Martyr

Large oval glass fronted parcel guilt wood reliquary housing historically important bone relic of Saint Benedicta, Virgin and Martyr. The relic, over 150 mm in length, is affixed to the background of red silk and titled on an intricately cut cedula as S. Benedictae Mar[tirus]. The protection seals on the back are missing and there is no indication that the reliquary was originally sealed. 

  • ID# 96-RSCR-55
  • Size 23 x 17.5 cm (9 x 7 in)
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Price Price upon request
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Reliquary Monstrance with relic from the Titulus Crucis (INRI) of the True Cross of Jesus

Small Baroque reliquary monstrance made of wood with silvered front housing inside of a glass-fronted compartment a significant ex Titulus Crucis  (from the Inscription board on the True Cross) relic of Christ's Passion.  The precious relic is affixed to a background of red silk decorated with gilt paperolle and identified on a fancy-cut manuscript cedula as Tabula Titul[i] Crucis DNJC (From the Titulus tablet of the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the relic is secured with a crisscrossed silk cord held in place by four perfectly preserved seals of red Spanish wax each with an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Antonio Martini (†1809), Archbishop of Florence (1781-1809).  

  • ID# 41-RSCRM-7
  • Size Reliquary is 7 1/2 in (19 cm) high
  • Age ca. 1800
  • Origin Florence, Italy
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Frame Reliquary with relics of St Paschal Baylon, the Virgin Mary & 23 Important Saints

Profusely decorated 19th-century glass-fronted gilt wood frame reliquary housing relics of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary and 23 Important Saints centered around the portrait and relic of St. Paschal Baylon. On the back, the reliquary is secured by a vertical silk cord held in place by two seals of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop. 

  • ID# 26-RSCRM-5
  • Size 34 x 30 cm (13 1/2 in x 11 3/4 in )
  • Age ca. 1850s
  • Origin Italy, Naples
  • Price Price upon request

Fancy silver theca with relics of the True Cross and Apostles of Christ

18th-century oval silver double-crystal reliquary theca decorated on the top with bow-shaped silver wire ornamentation and housing relics of the Twelve Apostles of Christ centered around the relic of the True Cross. The relics are affixed to a gold silk background decorated with gilt paperolle, silver wire, and floral ornamentation and identified on manuscript cedulae labels as St. Peter the Apostle, St. Paul the Apostle, St. Andrew the Apostle, St. James the Great the Apostle, St. Philip the Apostle, St. [Jude] Thaddeus the Apostle, St. Matthew the Apostle, St. Bartholomew the Apostle, St. Matthias the Apostle, St. Simon the Apostle, St. James [the Less] the Apostle, and St. Thomas the ApostleOn the back, the theca is secured with a well-preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.

  • ID# 03-RSSR-1
  • Size 110 x 67 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials silver, crystal
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary Cabinet with Relics of 4 Martyrs: St. Celestine, St. Amandus of Novidunum, St. Firmus of Verona, & St. Defendente the Thebian

Ca. 1800’s pentagon-shaped reliquary cabinet in Baroque style decorated with gilding and containing behind the front glass panel substantial first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of four Christian Martyrs: St. Celestine, St. Amandus of Novidunum, St. Firmus of Verona, & St. Defendente the Theban. The relics are affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt silver wire ornamentation and silk flowers. They are identified in fancy manuscript cedulae labels and, again, on smaller labels affixed directly to the relics. On the back, the reliquary is secured by a braided red silk ribbon secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of a religious order. 

  • ID# 52-RSMB-12
  • Size 10 3/4 in x 9 3/4 in (27 x 25 cm)
  • Age ca. 1800
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials Painted and gilt wood, glass, paper.
  • Price Price upon request
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Reliquary Bust with a relic of St. Roch (Rocco), invoked against pandemics

Reliquary bust depicting St. Roch housing a relic of him. The reliquary theca with a relic of St. Roch centered among 10 relics of unidentified saints embedded among gilt paperolle decoration into a rectangular glass-fronted cavity in the base of the bust.  The relic is identified on a cedula label in Latin as "S. Rocchi C." (St. Roch, Confessor). Saint Roch is traditionally invoked for protection during pandemics. 

  • ID# 14-RSINR-135
  • Size 12 1/2 inches (31 cm) high
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin France
  • Materials Gilt and painted wood, glass
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Large reliquary with important relic of St. Pantaleon (Panteleimon), the Unmercenary Healer & Great Martyr

Large oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of St. Pantaleon.A significant (over 55 mm / 2 inches in length!) bone relic is affixed to the background of patterned silk ground and identified in Latin on a fancy manuscript cedula label as S. Pantaleo M. (St. Pantaleon, Martyr). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of Cardinal Antonio Felice Zondadari (†1823), Archbishop of Siena (1795-1823). 

  • ID# 237-RSCR-8
  • Size 13.5 cm (5 1/2 inches) in length
  • Age ca. first quarter of the 18th century
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
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1768 Large Sicilian reliquary theca with a relics of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph & 19 saints & Martyrs

Large fancy glass-fronted heart-shaped silver theca with a 1768 hallmark housing relics of 19 saints centered around Ex Velo (of the Veil) relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Ex Pallio (of the Coat) relic Her husband St. Joseph

  • ID# 584-RSGSR
  • Size 11 x 10 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches)
  • Age ca. 1768
  • Origin Sicily, Italy
  • Materials silver, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price $5,750
  • Silver

Reliquary Cabinet with Relics of Blessed Francesco Lippi & 3 Martyrs: St. Fausta of Cyzicus, St. Generosus of Tivoli & St. Deodatus of Sora

Ca. 1800’s small reliquary cabinet in Baroque style surmounted with gilded palm leaves and containing, behind the front glass panel, substantial first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of the Blessed Francesco Lippi, O.C.O. surrounded by three Christian Martyrs: St. Fausta of Cyzicus, St. Generosus of Tivoli, & St. Deodatus of Sora. The relics are affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt silver wire ornamentation and silk flowers. They are identified in fancy manuscript cedulae labels and, again, on smaller labels affixed directly to the relics. On the back, the reliquary is secured by a red silk ribbon secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Antonio Martini (†1809), Archbishop of Florence (1781-1809). 

  • ID# 50-RSMB-9
  • Size 8 in x 7 in (20 x 17 cm)
  • Age ca. 1800
  • Origin Florence, Italy
  • Materials Painted and gilt wood, glass, paper.
  • Price Price upon request
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Reliquary Cabinet with Relics of 4 Martyrs: St. Justin, St. Vincent of Saragossa, St. Reparata, & Unnamed Martyr

Ca. 1800’s small reliquary cabinet in Baroque style surmounted with gilded palm leaves and housing, behind the front glass panel, substantial first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of four Christian Martyrs: St. Justin, St. Vincent of Saragossa, St. Reparata, & an Unnamed Martyr. The relics are affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt silver wire ornamentation and silk flowers. They are identified in fancy manuscript cedulae labels and, again, on smaller labels affixed directly to the relics. On the back, the reliquary is secured by a red silk ribbon secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Antonio Martini (†1809), Archbishop of Florence (1781-1809). 

  • ID# 51-RSMB-9
  • Size 8 in x 7 in (20 x 17 cm)
  • Age ca. 1800
  • Origin Florence, Italy
  • Materials Painted and gilt wood, glass, paper.
  • Price Price upon request
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Fancy silver reliquary theca with relics of the House of Loreto & 3 Catholic Saints: St Teresa of Ávila, St Francis of Assisi, & St Charles Borromeo.

Large fancy oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca decorated with intricate filigree flowers housing relics of the House of Loreto and three Catholic Saints: Saint Teresa of Ávila, Saint Francis of Assisi, and Saint Charles Borromeo. The relics and affixed to a red silk ground decorated by silver wire ornamentation and identified in Latin on typeset cedulae labels. On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a clear intact imprint of a coat of arms of Cardinal Pietro Respighi (†1913), Vicar General of Rome (1900-1913), and a hand-written date 1907. The reliquary comes in the original silk-lined case of issue. 

  • ID# 07-RSINR-8
  • Size 100 x 80 mm (4 x 3 inches)
  • Age ca. 1907
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials Silver, glass, silk
  • Price $3,750
  • Silver

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