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Collection of Catholic Reliquaries with Paper Authentics

The certification document that accompanies a sealed reliquary is often times referred to as the authentics.  On the top of the document is the name and position (and sometimes but not always a coat of arms) of the Roman Catholic ecclesiastic official who has authenticated the relic(s). This could be the Postulator General of the religious order, the Vicar General of the Roman Curia, a local Archbishop / Bishop or their vicars.

The body of copy that is usually written in Latin with the variation of the following text:

To all and each who will inspect our [document] we make a sure pact and attest, just as we have for many presented sacred relics, that we recognize them as picked out from authentic places, with legitimate documentation, and confirmed by seal; from these [relics] we have removed a [description of the relic], which in reverence we have placed in a silver theca, oval in shape, guarded by a single pane of glass [and] bound on the back by a cord of true silk, red in color, secured by the impression of our seal in red Spanish wax. We have given said Holy Relic as a gift with the permission to keep it among yourselves, to give it on to others, and to exhibit publicly in whatever church, oratory, or chapel for the adoration of the Faithful, and for the greater glory of God, Greatest and Best, and the veneration and worship of His Saints. 

The document is a public acclamation as to the authenticity of the relic, of which a high-ranking ecclesiastic official has signed his name. Typed or hand-written into the blank areas is the name of the saint and abbreviation of the cause of their sainthood, as well as any distinction of honor that the Catholic Church might have placed on them posthumously. There is also a description of the relic itself, and a description of a theca or a reliquary that it is housed in. On the bottom of the authentic is the date of issuance, the seal of the office, and the signature of the authenticator.

On the back of the theca, there is a seal of red Spanish wax. The relic itself is held in place in the theca by threads that cross over it. The threads are fed through the walls of the theca on opposing sides and it is sealed shut with a wax seal bearing the imprint with an insignia of issuing religious authority. This seal and the threads should under no circumstances be broken because they protect the integrity and validity of the authentication. 

1744 Documented reliquary with important relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Spectacular Baroque glass-fronted silver cruciform reliquary 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 cedula label as De Ligno SS Crucis (from the Wood of the Most Holy Cross). 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. Francesco Pettorelli Lalatta (†), Bishop of Parma (1760- 1788). The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Pettorelli Lalatta in 1744. This item is suitable for both private and public veneration by all Christian denominations. 

  • ID# 200-RSCR-225
  • Size 155 x 123 mm (4 3/4 x 6 inches)
  • Age ca. 1774
  • Origin Parma, Italy
  • Materials silver, glass, silk
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented reliquary with important relic from the Wood of the True Cross of Jesus

Spectacular Baroque glass-fronted silver reliquary decorated with silver filigree wire ornamentation and housing significant relic from the Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The substantial relic is affixed to a light blue silk background decorated with elaborate gilt paperolle. 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 Fr. Giuseppe Bartolomeo Menocchio, O.E.S.A. (1741- 1823), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon and Sacristan of His Holiness Pope Pius VII. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Menocchio in 1807. This item is suitable for both private and public veneration by any Christian denomination. 

  • ID# 197-RSCR-23
  • Size 100 x 70 mm
  • Age ca. 1807
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials silver
  • 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-mache 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 issed 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

Documented Cross Reliquary with a Large Relic of the True Cross

The Vatican Issued glass-fronted silver cruciform reliquary housing a 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  manuscript cedula label as De Ligno SS Crucis D.N.J.C. (from the Wood of the Most Holy Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the reliquary is secured with two perfectly preserved seals of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Agostino Zampini O.E.S.A. (†), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon (1910- 1937), and the Sacristan of the Apostolic Palaces. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Agostino Zampini in 1921. This item is suitable for both private and public veneration by all Christian denominations. 

  • ID# 233-RSCR-1
  • Size 2 3/4 x 2 niches (70 x 45 mm)
  • Age ca. 1921
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials silver, glass
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Extremely rare documented reliquary theca with four relics of Saint Pope John Paul II

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

Documented reliquary with Passion relic of Column of Flagellation

Opulent Baroque silver glass-fronted pendant reliquary decorated by intricate open-work filigree scrolls and applied rosettes and containing an oval silver crystal-fronted theca housing substantial Passion Relic from the Column of Flagellation of  Jesus Christ. The relic is affixed to the background of  silk surrounded by gold and silver threaded ornamntation and titled in 18th century bi-color ductus a Ex Col(umn)a / Flag(geli)s D(omin)i N[(ost)ri J(esus) C(hristi)  (From the Column of Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ.)  Accompanied by a matching ca. 1788 authentics document issued by Fr. Francesco Saverio Cristiani O.E.S.A. († 1800), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon in a capacity of the Vicar General of the Roman Curia during the pontificate of Pope Pius VI (p. 1775-1799). 

  • ID# 07-RSMB-12
  • Age ca. 1788
  • Materials silver
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented reliquary with relics of 4 Evangelists & St. Mary Magdalene

Oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing relics of all four Evangelists: second class ex veste (0f the tunic) relic ofSt. John, the Apostle and Evangelist, and ex ossibus (of the bone) first class relics of the following - St. Mathew, the Apostle and Evangelist; St. Luke, the Evangelist; St. Mark, the Evangelist; and St. Mary Magdalene, known as the Apostle to the Apostles. The relics are affixed to a red silk background in a five-petal shape and identified on a paper cedula going around the perimeterOn the back, under protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of fr. Giovanni Andrea Miotti (†), Bishop of Parma (1882 - 1893)The reliquary is accompanied by a matching authentics document issued and signed by fr. Miotti in 1888. 

  • ID# 14-RSMB-12
  • Size 37 x 32 mm
  • Age ca. 1888, Parma, Italy
  • Materials brass
  • Price $5,95020% off$4,760
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented reliquary with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Substantial oval glass-fronted silvered metal reliquary theca housing relics from the Holy Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The relics are affixed to a red silk background in a cruciform shape and identified on a paper cedula in the upper part as D.N.J.C. (Domini Nostri Jesus Christi  - Our Lord Jesus Christ)On the back, under the protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of fr. Giovanni Tommaso Neuschel (†) in a capacity of Bishop of Parma (1843 - 1852)The reliquary is accompanied by a matching authentics document issued and signed by fr. Neuschel in 1845. 

  • ID# 15-RSMB-125
  • Size 46 x 36 mm
  • Age ca. 1845, Parma, Italy
  • Price $5,75020% off$4,600
  • Orthodox Cross
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Rare documented reliquary theca with first-class Precious Blood relic of Saint Pope John Paul II

Rare documented reliquary theca with first-class Precious Blood relic of Saint Pope John Paul II

Rare round gilt metal reliquary theca housing the first-class relic of Saint Pope John Paul II. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a bi-color typeset cedula label as Ex Sanguine Sancti Joannis Pauli II Papae. (of the blood of Saint 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 on April 27th of 2014 (the day of his canonization) and signed by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. The relic is a small piece of the bloodied cassock of Pope John Paul II when he was shot and wounded on 13 May 1981 during the attempted assassination. 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# 26-RSSR-15
  • Size 34 mm ( 1 1/2 inches) across
  • Age ca. 2014
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
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Rare documented reliquary theca with first-class hair relic of Saint Pope John Paul II

Rare documented reliquary theca with first-class hair relic of Saint Pope John Paul II

Rare round gilt metal reliquary theca housing the first-class relic of Saint Pope John Paul II. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a bi-color typeset cedula label as Ex Capillis Sancti Joannis Pauli II Papae. (of the hair of Saint 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 on April 27th of 2014 (the day of his canonization) and signed by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, 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# 27-RSSR-15
  • Size 34 mm (1 1/2 inches) across
  • Age ca. 2014
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request

Documented theca with the first class ex ossibus relic of Saint Anthony Maria Zaccaria

Large ornate silvered metal glass-fronted reliquary theca, containing very significant first class ex ossibus (of the bone) first class relic of Saint Anthony Maria Zaccaria. The relic is titled on a paper cedula as Ex Oss. B Antonii Zaccaria. Back of the theca is secured by a perfecty preserved seal of red Spanish wax. The original autentics document is issued and signed by the Barnabite Order and dated 1897, in th eyear of his Canonization.

  • ID# 19-DDCR125-1
  • Size 120 x 100 mm
  • Age ca. 1897
  • Price $5,50020% off$4,400

1743 Documented reliquary with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Oval silvered brass glass-fronted reliquary theca housing precious relics from the Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. Substantial relics are affixed in a cruciform shape to a gilt paper starburst on a red silk background decorated with silver wire ornamentation. The relics are identified on a fancy manuscript paper cedula label as Ex Lingo SS. Crucis D.N.I.C. (from the Wood of the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, the theca is secured with a mostly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Francesco Gaetano Incontri (†1781), the Archbishop of Florence (p. 1741-1781). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Father Incontri in 1743.

  • ID# 46-RSMB-1
  • Size 42 x 34 mm
  • Age ca. 1743 dated
  • Origin Florence, Italy
  • Materials silvered brass, glass
  • Price $4,75020% off$3,800
  • Orthodox Cross

1793 Documented reliquary with relics of St. Stephen, the Protomartyr

Oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca housing precious first-class relics of Saint Stephen, the Protomartyr. A substantial relic is affixed to a gilt paper starburst on red silk background decorated with silver wire ornamentation. The precious relic is identified on a fancy manuscript paper cedula label as S. Stephani Prot. (St. Stephen the Protomartyr). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a prefectly-preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Francesco Saverio Cristiani O.E.S.A. († 1800), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon in a capacity of the Vicar General of the Roman Curia during the pontificate of Pope Pius VI (p. 1775-1799). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Cristiani in 1793.

  • ID# 209-RSCR-1
  • Size 37 x 39 mm
  • Age ca. 1793 dated
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials silver, glass
  • Price $4,75020% off$3,800
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Important documented theca with first class ex ossibus relic of Saint Alexander Sauli

Large ornate silvered metal glass-fronted reliquary theca, containing very significant ex ossibus (of the bone) first-class relic of Saint Alexander Sauli. The relic is titled on a paper cedula as Ex Oss. Ciner et Vestibus B Alex Saulii. Back of the theca is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of Luigi Fransoni († 1862) Archbishop of Turin (1832-1862). The theca is housed in original tooled leather brown velvet lined case and the original authentics document dated 1834.

  • ID# 21-DDCR125-1 *
  • Size 135 x 120 mm
  • Age ca. 1834, Italy
  • Price $4,50020% off$3,600

Documented reliquary theca of the Holy Family: the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Anne, St. John the Baptist, St. Zachariah & St. Elizabeth

Oval silvered brass glass-fronted reliquary theca housing relics of the Holy Family: from Sepulcher of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of Her husband St. Joseph, Her mother St. Anne, nephew St. John the Baptist, and of his John's parents: St. Zechariah, and St. Elizabeth. Relics are affixed to the red silk background decorated with silver wire ornamentation and identified on manuscript paper cedulae labels as Ex Sepulcre B.VM. (from the Sepulcher of the Blessed Virgin Mary), S. Joseph Spons, V. M. (St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary), S. Annae M. V. M. (St. Anne, mother the Blessed Virgin Mary), S. Ioannis Baptis. (St. John the Baptist), S. Zechariae (St. Zechariah), S. Elizabeth Zech (St. Elizabeth wife of Zechariah). 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 Fr. Etienne (Stefano) Missir (†), Titular Bishop of Irenopolis. The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Missir in 1840 by the order of Gregory XVI (p. 1831-1846).

 

  • ID# 16-RSSB-75
  • Size 43 x 38 mm
  • Age ca. 1840
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials silvered brass, glass, sik
  • Price SOLD!
  • Orthodox Cross

Rare documented touch relic of the Holy Lance of Jesus Christ - the Spear of Destiny

Incredibly rare touch relic made from the silver object that touched the most powerful and mysterious Passion relic - The Holy Spear of Jesus also known as the True LanceThe reliquary is affixed to the original  authentics document dated 1758 and issued and hand-signed by Fr. Nicola Manciforte (†1762), Bishop of Ancona. 

The document written in Latin translates as:

"...that this silver tip of a Lance, tied to this [letter] with a ribbon of red color, and secured with a small Seal of ours impressed in Spanish Wax, touched the Very Sacred Point of the Lance with which the Side of the Savior was pierced while he was hanging on the Cross; that it exists amongst the rest of the quite famous Relics, by the possession of which our Church was distinguished as the Cathedral of St. Cyriacus; and that it rouses and fosters the piety of the Faithful wondrously well, and draws them to itself...."

The Holy Spear is also known as the Holy Lance is the name of the very spear that had pierced Christ’s side when he hanged on the cross. The first person to refer to this as the Holy Spear was pilgrim Antoninus of Piacenza in 570 AD. While describing the holy places of Jerusalem, he said that in the Basilica of Mount Zion, there was the crown of thorns which Our Lord was crowned and the spear which was used to strike Him in the side. It was rediscovered by the European army of the First Crusade in the city of Antioch on June 15th, 1098, but eventually ended up in the treasury of Constantinople. It is documented, that the holy relic of the True Lance passed through Ancona (an Italian city on the Adriatic side of the Peninsula), in 1492 on its way from Bayezid II the Turkish Sultan (whose father obtained it in 1451 during the conquest of Constantinople) to Pope Innocent VIII by the hand of Pierre d'Abusson, Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. The Pope placed it the Treasury of the old St. Peter's Basilica in Rome with the volto santo where it is held in great veneration. It is now in one of the great piers of the present St. Peter's Cathedral and in front of it, over the image of Longinus is inscribed "The Spear of Longinus, which Innocent VIII, the Chief Pointif received from Bayezid Sultan of the Turks; Urban VIII transferred it to a decorated shrine rasing an image and erecting the shrine beneath." (see for more information: Relics from the Crucifixion: Where They Went and How They Got There. By J. Charles Wall.)

Since there are no records of the Cathedral of Ancona retaining a part of the True Lance when it was passing through the town on its way to Rome, it is believed that the offered relic was obtained by melting a larger silver object that touched the tip of the True Lance in 1492. A number of analogous documented reliquaries are known, but their number is extremely small and they are in very high demand because of the impossibility of making new touch relics from the True Lance held in the Vatican after it was transferred to the pier of St. Peter's basilica in the 17th century.

  • ID# 129-RSCR-125
  • Age ca. 1758
  • Materials silver
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented reliquary with relics of Saint Lucia of Syracuse

Oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca decorated on the perimeter with twisted wire and housing first class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of Saint Lucia of Syracuse. The relics are affixed to a red silk background around golden paperolle ornamentation and identified on a paper cedula as S. Luciae M. (Saint Lucia, Martyr). On the back the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of Francesco Saverio Cristiani O.E.S.A. (†), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon and the Sacristan to the Holy See (1782 - 1800)The reliquary is accompanied by a matching authentics document issued and signed by fr. Cristiani in 1789. The document has some damage on the left side as pictured. 

  • ID# 08-RSMB-65
  • Size 33 x 30 mm
  • Age ca. 1789
  • Materials silver
  • Price $3,25020% off$2,600
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented theca with relics of St Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Small oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing precious first-class ex ossibus (from the bone) relic of St. Anne. The relic is affixed to a red silk background decorated with silver wire ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label as S. Annae, Matr. V.M. (Saint Anne, Mother of the Virgin Mary). On the back, under the protected cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly-preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Stefano Missir (†1863), Titular Bishop of Irenopolis in Cilicia (1837-1863). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Missir in 1840 under the orders of Pope Gregory XVI (p. 1831-1846).

  • ID# 15-RSSR-6
  • Size 27 x 22 mm
  • Age ca. 1840
  • Origin Rome, Italy
  • Materials silver, glass, silk
  • Price $2,75020% off$2,200
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

1744 Documented theca with relics of St. Lucia (Lucy) of Syracuse

Oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing precious first-class ex ossibus (from the bone) relic of St. Lucia. The relic is affixed to a gold silk background decorated with silver wire ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label as S. Luciae V.M. (Saint Lucia, Virgin & Martyr). On the back, the theca is secured with a perfectly-preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Salvatore Castellino, the Vicar General of Genoa. The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Castellino in 1744 under the orders of the Archbishop of Genoa Nicolò Maria de’ Franchi O.P. (†).

  • ID# 221-RSCR-85
  • Size 45 x 33 mm
  • Age ca. 1744
  • Origin Genoa, Italy
  • Materials silver, silk, glass
  • Price $2,75020% off$2,200
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

1829 Documented theca with pre-canonization relics of St. Veronica Giuliani, Patron of Lebanon

Small oval silvered metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing precious pre-canonization first-class ex ossibus relics of St. Veronica Guliani. Substantial relic is affixed to a red silk background decorated with silver wire ornamentation. The relic is identified on a typeset paper cedula label as Ex Osssibus / B. Veronicae Ju. (from the bone of the Blessed Veronica Juliani). On the back, the theca is secured with a mostly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Florido Pierleoni C.O. (†1829) Bishop of Acquapendente (p. 1802-1829). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Father Pierleoni in 1829.

  • ID# 41-RSMB-6
  • Size 27 x 24 mm
  • Age ca. 1829
  • Origin Acquapendente, Italy
  • Price $2,37520% off$1,900

Documented theca with relics of St Juliana Falconieri, O.S.M., foundress of the Religious Sisters of the Third Order of Servites

Oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing second-class ex velaminibus albo et nigro (of the white and black veils) relics of St Juliana Falconieri, O.S.M. The relics are affixed to the silk background and identified on a manuscript cedulae as Ex Velam-bus / S. Jul-e Falcon-e. On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Joseph Felix Leonetti († 1764), Prior of the province of Tuscany for the Order of Servites. It is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Leonetti in 1800. 

  • ID# 178-RSCR-25
  • Size 40 x 34 mm
  • Age ca. 1800
  • Origin Tuscany, Italy
  • Materials Silver
  • Price $2,25020% off$1,800
  • Silver

Documented theca with relics of St Margaret of Cortona, T.O.S.F., Patron Saint of Tertiaries

18th century small oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing relic of Saint Margaret of Cortona, T.O.S.F.,The relic is affixed to silk background decorated with silver cord and identified on a manuscript cedulae as S. Marg. CortOn the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Gregorio Alessandri (†), Bishop of Cortona (1773-1802). It is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Alessandri in 1786. 

  • ID# 169-RSCR-25
  • Size 26 x 21 mm
  • Age ca. 1786
  • Origin Cortona, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $2,25020% off$1,800
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented theca with relics of St Blaise (Blase) Martyr of Sebastia, Patron of Animals

Oval silvered metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing precious first-class ex ossibus relics of Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr of Sebastia. Precious relic is affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt paperolle and silver wire ornamentation. The relic is identified on a manuscript paper cedula label as S. Blasii Ep. et M. (St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Francesco Magani (†1907), Bishop of Parma. The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Magani in 1901.

  • ID# 44-RSMB-6
  • Size 28 x 24 mm
  • Age ca. 1901
  • Origin Parma, Italy
  • Materials silvered metal, glass, silk, paper
  • Price $2,25020% off$1,800
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented theca with relics of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of AIDS patients

Small oval crystal-fronted silver reliquary theca housing ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. The relic is affixed to red silk background and identified on a manuscript cedulae as S. Alois. Gonz. On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giuseppe Bellotti (†), Bishop of Massa Lubrense (1756-1788). It is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Bellotti in 1766. 

  • ID# 166-RSCR-25
  • Size 25 x 21 mm
  • Age ca. 1766
  • Origin Naples, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $1,95020% off$1,560
  • Silver

Documented theca with relics of St Lawrence of Brindisi, O.F.M. Cap., Doctor of the Church

18th century oval glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) pre-canonization relics of ​Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, O.F.M. Cap. The relic is affixed to a red silk background decorated with gold paperole and silver cord and identified on a manuscript cedula label as B. Lauren. a Br. (Blessed Lawrence of Brindisi)On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Venerable Francesco Antonio Marcucci (†1798), Titular Patriarch of Constantinople (1781-1798), Confessor and advisor to Pope Clement XIV.. It is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Marcucci in 1784. 

  • ID# 159-RSCR-2
  • Size 25 x 22 mm
  • Age ca. 1784
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials silver
  • Price $1,85020% off$1,480
  • Silver

Documented theca with first class relics of Saint Joseph of Cupertino, Patron of Pilots and Students

Oval glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex carne (from the flesh) relics of Saint Joseph of Cupertino. The relics are affixed to a red silk background, surrounded by twisted silver wire ornamentation and identified on an arch-shaped cedula label as Ex Carne S. Jos. a Cupertino C. (Of the Flesh of Saint Joseph of Cupertino, Confessor). On the back, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of fr. Antonio Gabriele Severoli (†1824), Bishop of Fano (1787 - 1801). It is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Severoli in 1793. 

  • ID# 109-RSABR-75
  • Size 30 x 25 mm
  • Age ca. 1793
  • Price $1,75020% off$1,400

Documented reliquary theca with relics of the Blessed Giovanni (John) Colombini

Oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing significant first class ex ossibus  (from the bone) relic of the Blessed Giovanni Colombini The relic is affixed to a silk background decorated by gilt paperolle and silver cord ornamentation and identified on a fancy bi-color manuscript cedula as B. Joan, Colom, S. (Blessed Giovanni Colombini of Siena). On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Tiberio Borghese (†1792), Archbishop of Siena (1772-1792). It is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued and hand signed by Fr. Borghese in 1791.

  • ID# 177-RSCR-2
  • Size 32 x 29 mm
  • Age ca. 1791
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $1,75020% off$1,400
  • Silver

Documented theca with relics of St Joseph Calasanz (Josephus a Matre Dei)

Oval crystal-fronted silver reliquary theca housing pre-canonization ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Joseph Calasanz. The relic is affixed to red silk background and identified on a manuscript cedulae as B. Joseph Ca. On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Silvestro Merani († 1764), Titular Archbishop of Porphyrion (1742 -1764) and Sacristan of the Roman Curia. It is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Merani in 1748. 

  • ID# 163-RSCR-2
  • Size 28 x 23 mm
  • Age ca. 1748
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials silver
  • Price $1,75020% off$1,400
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented theca with relics of St. Frances of Rome, Obl.S.B., Patron Saint of Widows and Car Drivers

19th century oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing substantial first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relic of Saint Frances of Rome Obl. S. B.The relic is affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt paperole and silver cord and identified on a manuscript cedulae as S. Franciscae Roma. On the back, the theca is secured with 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). It is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued and hand-signed by Mgr. Mancini in 1829. 

  • ID# 158-RSCR-2
  • Size 27 x 22 mm
  • Age ca. 1829
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $1,75020% off$1,400
  • Silver

Documented theca with relics of St. Laborious, Bishop of Le Mans

Early 19th century oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relic of ​Saint ​Liborius of Le MansThe relic is affixed to a gold silk background decorated with golden paperole and silver cord and identified on a manuscript cedulae as S. Liborii Ep (Saint Liborius, Bishop ). On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Antonio Felice Zondadari  (†1823), Archishop of Siena (1795-1823). It is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Zondadari in 1813. 

  • ID# 165-RSCR-2
  • Size 28 x 26 mm
  • Age ca. 1813
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $1,75020% off$1,400
  • Silver

Documented theca with relics of the Blessed Giovanna Maria Bonomo

18th century oval glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of ​the Blessed Giovanna Maria Bonomo. The relic is affixed to a red silk background decorated with silver cord and identified on a manuscript cedula label as B. Joanna Bonon. V. (Blessed Giovana Bonomo, Virgin)On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Tiberio Borghese (†1792), Archbishop of Siena (1772-1792). It is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Borghese in 1784, only one year after she was beatified by Pope Pius VI. 

  • ID# 172-RSCR-2
  • Size 32 x 27 mm
  • Age ca. 1784
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Price $1,75020% off$1,400

Documented reliquary theca with relics of Saint Patrick, the Patron of Ireland

Round gilt silver reliquary theca decorated around the perimeter with filigree and housing precious and rare first-class ex ossibus relics of St. Patrick of Ireland. The relic is affixed to a red silk background and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as S. Patricii. C. (Saint Patrick, Confessor) and described in the authentics document as "ex velo serico quo ossa S. Patric Ep. C. involuta sunt" (particles of bones extracted from the silk veil wrapping the relics of St. Patrick, Bishop & Confessor).  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 Cardinal Clemente Micara (†), Vicar General of Rome (1951-1963) and Pro-Prefect of the Congregation of Sacred Rites responsible for Canonization of Saints (1953-1963). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Monsignor Micara in 1953.

  • ID# 13-RSMIS13-5
  • Size 33 mm ( 1 1/3 inches) across
  • Age ca. 1953
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials gilt silver, glass, silk
  • Price SOLD!
  • Silver

Documented theca with relics of St Veronica Giuliani

Oval silvered brass glass-fronted theca housing rare pre-cononization first class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Veronica Giuliani. The relic is  affixed to a red silk background, surrounded by twisted wire and titled on a paper typographic cedula label as Ex Ossibus / B. Veronicae Ju,  On the back, the theca is secured by a seal of red wax with imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Stefano Bonsignore († 1826), Bishop of Faenza, Italy (1807-1826). The theca is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and hand signed by Bishop Bonsignore in 1808.

  • ID# 128-RSCR-3
  • Age ca. 1808, Faenza, Italy
  • Price $1,50020% off$1,200

Documented theca with relic of Saint Hyacintha Mariscotti

Mid-19th century glass-fronted silvered metal theca housing relic ofSaint Hyacintha Mariscotti, T.O.R. The theca is accompanied by the original ca. 1857 authentics document issued by Monsignor Costantino Cardinal Patrizi Naro (†), Prefect of the Roman Curia (1832-1834).

  • ID# 108-RSCR-35
  • Size 27 x 24 mm
  • Age ca. 1857, Vatican
  • Price $1,37520% off$1,100

Pair of documented reliquary thecae with relics of Martyrs - St. Telianus (Teilo) and St. Egei

Two identical oval glass-fronted brass reliquary thecae housing substantial first-class ex ossibus relics of Saint Martyrs Telianus and EgeiThe relics are affixed to red silk background and identified on an arch-shaped manuscript cedula as S. Teliani M. and S. Egei M.. On the back, the thecas are secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Tiberio Borghese (†1792), Archbishop of Siena (1772-1792). They are accompanied by a single original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Borghese in 1786. 

  • ID# 171-RSCR-2
  • Size 32 x 27 mm
  • Age ca. 1786
  • Origin Siena, Italy
  • Materials brass
  • Price $1,35020% off$1,080
  • Orthodox Cross

Documented theca with relics of Blessed Nicholas of Forca Palena

Oval silver crystal-fronted theca housing first class ex ossibus (of the bone)  relic of  Blessed Nicholas of Forca Palena, direct gift from the  Pope Clement XIV (1769-1774), issued only one year after beatification. The relic is affixed to the background of red silk, surrounded by golden paperolles and identified on typographic cedula label as B. Nicolai F.  The theca is sealed by the red wax seal with a coat of arms of Cardinal Marcantonio Colonna (†1793), Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Vicar General of the Roman Curia. The reliquary is accompanied by original matching authentics document hand-signed by Monsignor Colonna in 1772.

  • ID# 121-RSCR125-1
  • Size 33 x 30 mm
  • Age ca. 1772, Vatican
  • Materials Silver
  • Price $1,27520% off$1,020
  • Silver

Documented theca with relics of Saint Giovanni Leonardi, the founder of the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God of Lucca

Oval Neo-Gothic glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing first class pre-canonization ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of Saint Giovanni Leonardi. The relics are affixed to a red silk background, surrounded by twisted silver wire ornamentation and identified on a typographic cedula label as Ex Oss. /B. Io[anis]. Leonardi C. (Of the bone of the Blessed Giovanni Leonardi, Confessor). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of the Postulator General of the Order of Clerks Regular of the Mother of God of Lucca. It is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God of Lucca in Santa Maria in Campitelli in 1907. 

  • ID# 98-RSABR-75
  • Size 32 x 25 mm
  • Age ca. 1907, Rome, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $1,27520% off$1,020
  • Silver

Documented theca with relics of Saint Paulinus of Antioch, Martyr

Oval glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of Saint Paulinusof Antioch, Martyr. The relics are affixed to a red silk background, surrounded by twisted silver wire ornamentation and identified on a fancy shaped cedula label as Ex Oss S. Paulini / M. i Ep. Luca (Of the bone of Saint Paulini, Martyr and Bishop of Lucca). On the back, under a protective cap with an image of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of fr. Giulio Arrigoni O.F.M. Ref. (†), the Archbishop of Lucca. It is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Arrigoni in 1851. 

  • ID# 99-RSABR-75
  • Size 27 x 24 mm
  • Age ca. 1851
  • Price $1,25020% off$1,000

Documented theca with relics of St. Paulinus of Lucca & other saints: St. Jane Frances de Chantal, of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Francis of Paola, & St. Margaret of Cortona

Oval glass-fronted silver theca housing relics of nine saints: ex ossibus (of the bone) of Saint Paulinus Protobishop of Lucca and Martyr, ex carne (of the flesh) of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, ex indusio (of the coverings) of Saint Vincent de Paul, ex veste (of the clothes) of Saint Francis of Paola, and ex veste (of the clothes) of Saint Margaret of Cortona. The relics are affixed to a background decorated with crochet flower ornamentation and titled on cedula labels. On the back, the theca is secured with a red wax seal with a coat of arms of fr. Filippo Sardi (†), Archbishop of Lucca (1789-1826). The relic comes with a matching authentics document prepared and signed by fr. Sardi and dated 1800.

  • ID# 47-RSABR-75
  • Size 55 x 47 mm
  • Age ca. 1800, Italy
  • Materials Silver
  • Price $97520% off$780

Documented theca with relics of Saint Anthony Maria Zaccaria, The Barnabites

Small round glass-fronted theca housing first class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Anthony Maria ZaccariaThe relic is identified on a cedula label as V. Ant M Zach. The theca is sealed by the red wax seal with a coat of arms of the Barnabite Order. The reliquary is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued by the Barnabite Order "Regular Clerics of St. Paul" (Clerici Regulares Sancti Pauli) in 1853.

  • ID# 125-RSCR125-1
  • Size 20 x 20 mm
  • Age ca. 1853
  • Price $77520% off$620

Documented theca with relics of 5 venerated nuns: Bl Mattia de Nazzarei, Bl Angelina of Marsciano, St Angela of Foligno, St Maria Crescentia Höss & St Francis of Paola

Oval glass-fronted theca housing relics of five venerated nuns: the Blessed Mattia de Nazzarei, the Blessed Angelina of Marsciano, ​Saint ​Angela of Foligno, Saint ​Maria Crescentia Höss, and Saint Francis of Paola. The relics are affixed to a background of red silk and titled on typographic cedula labels. On the back, the theca is secured with a red wax seal with a coat of arms of Fr. Antonio Santarelli, the Postulator General of the Franciscan Order responsible for causes of beatification and canonization. The theca is accompanied by the authentics document prepared and siged by fr. Santarelli and dated 1927. 

  • ID# 46-RSABR-75
  • Size 50 x 47 mm
  • Age ca. 1927, Italy
  • Price $77520% off$620

Documented reliquary with relics of Saint Benvenutus Scotivoli, Bishop of Osimo

Round silver glass-fronted reliquary theca dating to 1920's housing first class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of Saint Benvenutus Scotivoli, Bishop of Osimo. The relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on a typographic cedula as S. Benven. Ep. C. (Saint Benvenutus, Bishop and Confessor). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a hardly visible imprint of a coat of arms of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin sealed by Fr. Anthony M. Santarelli, Postulator General of the Order in 1920's responsible for a cause for beatification and canonization through the judicial processes required by the Roman Catholic Church. The reliquary is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Anthony M. Santarelli and dated 1927. 

  • ID# 37-RSABR-5
  • Size 30 mm in diameter
  • Age ca. 1927
  • Materials silver
  • Price $69520% off$556
  • Silver

1953 Documented reliquary theca with relics of Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier

Round gilt silver reliquary theca decorated around the perimeter with filigree and housing a precious second-class ex indumentis  (of the clothing) relic of Saint Francis Xavier. The relic is affixed to a red silk background and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as S. Francisci Xav. C. (Saint Frances Xavier, Confessor).  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 Cardinal Clemente Micara (†), Vicar General of Rome (1951-1963) and Pro-Prefect of the Congregation of Sacred Rites responsible for Canonization of Saints (1953-1963). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Monsignor Micara in 1953.

  • ID# 10-RSMIS13-5
  • Size 33 mm (1 1/3 inches) across
  • Age ca. 1953
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials gilt silver, glass, silk
  • Price $55020% off$440
  • Silver

Documented reliquary theca with relics of Saint Gerard Majella, Patron Saint of Children & Childbirth

Round gilt silver reliquary theca decorated around the perimeter with filigree and housing a precious second-class ex gossipio relic of St. Gerard Majella. The relic is affixed to a red silk background and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as S. Gerardi Maj. C. (Saint Gerard Majella, Confessor).  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 Cardinal Clemente Micara (†), Vicar General of Rome (1951-1963) and Pro-Prefect of the Congregation of Sacred Rites responsible for Canonization of Saints (1953-1963). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Monsignor Micara in 1953.

  • ID# 11-RSMIS13-5
  • Size 33 mm ( 1 1/3 inches) across
  • Age ca. 1953
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials gilt silver, glass, silk
  • Price SOLD!
  • Silver

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