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Patron Saints Evoked to Protect from the Black Death Pandemic

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Reading the news about the Coronavirus COVID 19, one cannot help but recall the Black Death, the greatest biomedical disaster in European history. Although it was not the first plague epidemic, the Black Death swept through medieval Europe indiscriminately killing the majority of people it came into contact with and affected society, unlike any other natural calamity. 

The Black Death, also known as the Great Plague ​resulted in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people, peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351.​ ​The plague created a number of religious, social and economic upheavals, with profound effects on the course of European history. The pandemic is thought to have originated in the dry plains of Asia, where it traveled along the Silk Road. From there, it was most likely carried by fleas living on the black rats that traveled on all merchant ships, spreading throughout the Mediterranean Basin and Europe.

Religion already played an important role in the everyday lives of European Christians, and the plague exacerbated its role. Christianity held a distinctive view on illness and healing: suffering was the consequence of human sin and disease could be both natural and divine. 

The veneration of saints was an important aspect of the Catholic Church. Medieval people venerated certain saints for particular causes, these saints became to be known as patron saints. Certain environmental climates would increase the veneration of these patron saints. The reoccurring epidemics would have been a considerable factor to increase the veneration of saints particularly associated with the plague and death. 

Saint Christopher, St. Sebastian, and Saint Roch are considered to be three most important Holy Protectors against the plague, but other saints were also frequently invoked for protection against the pandemic, including the Fourteen Holy Helpers, a group of saints originated in the 14th century ​and ​venerated together in Roman Catholicism because their intercession is believed to be particularly effective.​ They are: St. Agathius, St. Barbara, St. Blaise, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. ​Christopher, St. Cyriacus, St. Denis, St. Erasmus, St. Eustace, St. George, St. Giles, St. Margaret of Antinoch, St. Pantaleon, and St. Vitus. 

Additionally, the following Saints are frequently invoked as saintly intercessors against pandemics and plague:  St. Bernardino of Siena, St. Casimir, St. Fabian Pope and Martyr, St. Frances of Rome, St. Genevieve, St. Gregory the Great, St. Nicholas of Tolentino, St. Peter of Verona, St. Regis, St. Remigius of Rheims, St. Valentine, St. Vincent Ferrer, and St. Walburga.

Finally, holy unmercenary healers and great martyrs Cosmas and Damian were known to protect against many illnesses and especially from the plague pandemics. 

In today’s world, attitude towards pandemics has changed and modern medicine eclipsed the ancient reliance on spiritual measures to cure disease. Despite this, the evocation of the Holy Protectors as the saintly intercessors is still popular among the Christian believers, especially at times when all other measures fail to stop the disease from spreading. 

Reliquary monstrance with large relic of St George, the Greatmartyr of Lydda

Baroque glass-fronted monstrance of gilt wood dating to 1830's housing very significant (70 mm - 2 3/4 inches long) first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint George, the Greatmartyr of Lydda. The relic affixed to the red background,  surrounded by the decoration of silk flowers and identified on a paper manuscript cedula label as Ex Oss Georgy MM  (Of the bone of Saint George Martyr and Soldier).  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# 192-RSCR-185
  • Size 16 1/2 in x 8 in (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 monstrance with large relic of Saint George, Martyr of Lydda

Elegant Mid-19th century architectural Neo-Gothic reliquary monstrance of parcel gilt wood housing significant and important first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of ​the Saint George, Martyr of LyddaThe relic is housed in a  grass-fronted reliquary urn placed on the lower part of the monstrance. It is identified on a fancy-cut paper cedula label as  S. Georgii, Mil. M  (Saint George, Soldier, Martyr). On the sides, the urn is secured by two seals of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Gennaro Pasca (†1855), Bishop  of Nola (1828-1855). Suitable for public veneration. 

  • ID# 148-RSCR-2
  • Size Monstrance - 15 in (38 cm) high, Reliquary urn - 5 1/2 in (17 cm) high
  • Age ca. mid -19th century
  • Origin Naples, Italy
  • Materials Gilt wood
  • 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 in 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 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

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

Large fancy theca with first class relics of Unmercenary Healer Saint Pantaleon (Panteleimon), the Greatmartyr

Large oval silver glass-fronted theca housing first class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Unmercenary Healer and Greatmartyr Saint Pantaleon (Panteleimon). The relic is mounted on the background of gold silk and surrounded by hand painted floral ornamentation. It is identified on a paper cedula  as  Ex Oss[isbus] .S.Pantaleonis M. Mar. (Saint Pantaleon, Medic, Martyr).  The back of the theca is decorated with a chased depiction of Arma Christiuthenticated on the back with red wax seal of Fr. Giovanni Luca Solari, Bishop of Brugnato, Italy  (p. 1792-1810).

  • ID# 114-LCR-1
  • Size 75 x 65 mm
  • Age ca. 1800
  • Materials Silver
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

17c Russian Icon - Miracle of St. George Slaying the Dragon

Ca. 1650-1700 Northern Russian Icon depicting the Miracle of St. George Slaying the Dragon.

  • ID# 59-81-SSI-35
  • Size 28 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (72.8 x 59.6 cm)
  • Age ca. 1650-1700
  • Origin Northern Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • 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 Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of 4 Martyr Saints: St Justin, St Liberates, ​St Venerandus, and St Valentine of Rome

Oval  glass-fronted brass theca housing very large first class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of four Martyr saints: Saint Justin, Martyr;  Saint Liberates, ​Martyr; Saint Venerandus, Martyr; and Saint Valentine of Rome, MartyrThe relics are housed in comparnments made of golden paperole ornamentation and titled on cedulae labels.  On the back, the theca is secured with a red wax seal with a coat of arms of a Catholic bishop. 

  • ID# 70-RSABR-75
  • Size 60 x 45 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century, Italy
  • Price $2,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Cosmas & Damian, the Unmercenary Healers & Patrons of Doctors

Oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing relics of two Unmercenary healers: Saints Cosmas and Damian. The significant first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on a paper cedulae labels in as S. Cosmae Mart. / S Damiani Mar. On the back, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giovanni Francesco Capelletti (†1831), Bishop of Ascoli Piceno (1806-1831). The theca comes in the original leather-bound case of issue. 

  • ID# 07-RSCR
  • Size 22 x 27 mm
  • Age ca. first quarter of the 19th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials brass
  • Price $2,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Theca with relics of Saint Unmercenary Healers Cosmas & Damian

Oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca housing substantial ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Unmercenary Healers Cosmas and Damian. The relics are surrounded by twisted wire ornamentation and identified with paper cedula inscribed in 18th-century ductus as S. Cosma[e] / S. Damiano M. The reliquary is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of a Roman Catholic bishop.

  • ID# 117-DDMR-1
  • Size 30 x 24 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials Silver, glass
  • Price SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of 3 Martyr Saints: ​St Erasmus, St Lucy & St Ursula

Large oval glass-fronted brass theca housing ex ossibus (of the bone) first-class relics of theree saints:  ​​Saint Erasmus, Bishop of Formia and Martyr, Saint Lucia of Syracuse, Virgin Martyr and Saint Ursula, MartyrThe relics are affixed to a background of red silk decorated by paperole and paper ornamentation and titled on cedula labels as Ex oss[ibus] S Erasmi Ep. M / Ex tib[ia] S Luciae V.M. / Ex oss[ibus] S. Ursulae M. On the back, the theca is secured with a red wax seal with a coat of arms of a Catholic bishop.

  • ID# 63-RSABR-1
  • Size 72 x 53 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century, Italy
  • Materials brass
  • Price $1,750
  • 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 $1,750
  • Silver

Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Pantaleon Martyr, Saint Donatian Martyr, and Saint Maria de Cerevellon.

Oval silver glass-fronted theca housing relics of Saint Unmercenary Healery Pantaleon (Panteleimon) Martyr, Saint Donatian Martyr, and Saint Maria de Cerevellon (†1290). The relics are separated by paperole and labeled on paper cedulae. The theca is seecured on the back by a seal of red Spanish wax with imprint of coat of arms of a Catholic Archbishop. 

  • ID# 03-LPR-5
  • Size 44 x 38 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Materials Silver
  • Price $1,700
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - St Christopher Martyr with St Sophia & Her Daughters

Saint Martyr Christopher, his name meaning "Christ-bearer",  is venerated by several Christian denominations as a martyr killed in the reign of the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Decius According to the Christian tradition, he carried a child, who was unknown to him, across a river before the child revealed himself as Christ. Therefore, he is the patron saint of travelers, and small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, carried in a pocket, or placed in vehicles by Christians. The Eastern Orthodox Church venerates Christopher of Lycea with a Feast Day on May 9. The liturgical reading and hymns refer to his imprisonment by Decius who tempts Christopher with harlots before ordering his beheading.

Saint Martyr Sophia had her daughters killed during the reign of Hadrian (117–138). The imperial guards took Sophia's daughters one by one, from the oldest to the youngest and beat and tortured them to death in an attempt to force their mother to renounce her faith in Christ. Afterwards, Sophia buried her daughters' bodies and remained by their graves for three days until she died herself. Her feast day is commemorated by the Church on September 17.

  • ID# 120-104-095-SP7-1
  • Size 16 1/2 x 12 1/2 in (42 x 32 cm)
  • Age ca. 1850s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $1,500
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - St Unmercenary Healers Cosmas & Damianus

Saints Cosmas and Damian (Greek: Κοσμάς και Δαμιανός) (also written Kosmas and Damianos) (died ca. 287) were twin brothers, physicians, and early Christian martyrs born in Cilicia, part of today's Turkey. They practiced their profession in the seaport of Ayas, Adana, then in the Roman province of Syria. Accepting no payment for their services led to them being named "Ανάργυροι" (Unmercenary); it has been said that, by this, they attracted many to the Christian faith. Traditionally, Saints Cosmas and Damian are the holy patrons of doctors and persons of Medical profession.

  • ID# 57-104-100-SP7-11
  • Size 15 1/2 x 15 3/4 in (39 x 49 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890
  • Materials Oil on tooled and gessoed wood
  • Price $1,200
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Miracle of St George Slaying the Dragon

The Great Martyr Saint George is depicted as a mounted soldier striking with a lance a dragon beneath his horse. On the right is the town of Silene with a princess Elisaba, whose fate is in George’s hands, standing at the gate. The scene is titled in Old Slavonic as  "Saint George the Victorybearer." The oldest icons depicting Saint George as a horseman killing the dragon date to the 12th century. The motif becomes popular especially in Georgian and Russian tradition, but it is also found in Greek icons. 

  • ID# 76-103-054-SP7-15
  • Size 16 1/2 x 12 1/2 in (42 x 32 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $975
  • Orthodox Cross

Theca with a first class ex ossibus relic of Saint Sebastian

Oval glass-fronted silvered metal reliquary theca housing first class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Sebastian. The theca is decorated with a twisted wire oranmentation and the relic is identified on a paper cedula as S. Sebastiani M.(artyr). The theca is secured on the back with a seal of red Spanish wax with inprint of a coat of arms of a Catholic Bishop. 

  • ID# 39-DDCR125-75
  • Size 35 mm x 30 mm
  • Age ca. 1850's, Italy
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Saint Unmercenary Healers Cosmas & Damianus, patrons of doctors

Saints Cosmas and Damian (Greek: Κοσμάς και Δαμιανός) (also written Kosmas and Damianos) (died ca. 287) were twin brothers, physicians, and early Christian martyrs born in Cilicia, part of today's Turkey. They practiced their profession in the seaport of Ayas, Adana, then in the Roman province of Syria. Accepting no payment for their services led to them being named "Ανάργυροι" (Unmercenary); it has been said that, by this, they attracted many to the Christian faith.

Traditionally, Saints Cosmas and Damian are the holy patrons of doctors and persons of Medical profession.

  • ID# 161-023-215-SP7-7
  • Size 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Miracle of St. George Slaying the Dragon

The Great Martyr Saint George is depicted as a mounted soldier striking with a lance a dragon beneath his horse. On the right is the town of Silene with a princess Elisaba, whose fate is in George’s hands, standing at the gate. The scene is titled in Old Slavonic as  "Saint George the Victorybearer." The oldest icons depicting Saint George as a horseman killing the dragon date to the 12th century. The motif becomes popular especially in Georgian and Russian tradition, but it is also found in Greek icons.

  • ID# 88-43-89-SP6-9
  • Size 12 x 10 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $900
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian icon - Miracle of St George Slaying the Dragon

The Great Martyr Saint George is depicted as a mounted soldier striking with a lance a dragon beneath his horse. On the right is the town of Silene with a princess Elisaba, whose fate is in George’s hands, standing at the gate. The scene is titled in Old Slavonic as  "Saint George the Victorybearer." The oldest icons depicting Saint George as a horseman killing the dragon date to the 12th century. The motif becomes popular especially in Georgian and Russian tradition, but it is also found in Greek icons.

  • ID# 133-105-028-SP7-18
  • Size 11 3/4 x 10 1/4 in (30 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $875
  • Orthodox Cross

Theca with a second class ex pallio relic of Saint Vincent Ferrer

Oval glass-fronted silvered metal reliquary theca housing ex pallio (of the dress) relic of Saint Vincent Ferrer. The theca is decorated with a twisted wire oranmentation and the relic is identified on a paper cedula as S. Vincentii Ferer. The theca is secured on the back with a seal of red Spanish wax with inprint of a coat of arms of a Catholic Bishop. 

  • ID# 58-DDCR125-1 *
  • Size 35 mm x 30 mm
  • Age ca. 1850's, Italy
  • Price $850

Russian Icon - St Martyr Catherine with Scenes of Her Life and Martyrdom

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Greatmartyr Saint Catherine is, according to tradition, a Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius. The emperor then asked Catherine to be his queen, if only she would worship his idols. When she refused, she went to the place of execution, followed by a crowd who mourned her. She told the unbelievers to mourn their own demise. She prayed and was beheaded at the age of 18 and milk flowed from her wound. Her fragrant relics are at St Catherine's monastery at Mount Sinai.

  • ID# 159-106-113-RSSP7-1
  • Size 13 3/4 x 11 1/2 in (35 cm x 29 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890
  • Origin Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on tooled and gessoed wood
  • Price $775
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - St Greatmartyr Barbara in brass oklad

Saint Barbara, known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara, was an early Christian saint and martyr living in the Greek city Nicomedia, present-day Turkey or in Heliopolis of Phoenicia, present-day Baalbek, Lebanon. Saint Barbara is often portrayed with miniature chains and a tower. As one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Barbara continues to be a popular saint in modern times, perhaps best known as the patron saint of armourers, artillerymen, military engineers, miners and others who work with explosives because of her old legend's association with lightning, and also of mathematicians. Many of her the thirteen miracles turn on the security she offered that her devotees would not die without making confession and receiving extreme unction.

  • ID# 227-098-087-SP7-1
  • Size 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1870s
  • Materials egg tempera on gessoed wood under a brass revetment cover
  • Price $750
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Miracle of St George Slaying the Dragon

The oldest icons depicting Saint George as a horseman killing the dragon date to the 12th century.  The motif becomes popular especially in Georgian and Russian tradition, but it is also found in Greek icons. The saint is depicted in the style of a Roman cavalryman in the tradition of the "Thracian Heros". In Russian Orthodox tradition, the icon is known as  "the Miracle of George and the Dragon" as well as "Saint George the Victorybearer."

  • ID# 79-103-064-SP7-7
  • Size 13 x 11 in (33 x 28 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $725
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Apostles Peter and Paul with Unmercenary Healer Saint Cosmas

 

 

  • ID# 080-008-163-L60i3-50
  • Size 11 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in (29 cm x 24 cm)
  • Age ca. 1800s, provincial
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $700

Reliquary theca with relics of St Joseph of Leonessa, St Felix of Nicosia & St Bernardino of Siena

Large oval crystal-fronted silver reliquary theca housing relics of three Cathgolic saints: Saint Joseph of Leonessa, Saint Felix of Nicosia and Saint Bernardino of Siena. The relics are affixed to a silver silk background identified on manuscript cedulae labels. On the back, the theca is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of Antonio Paganini, Vicar General to Giuseppe Saporiti (+1767), Archbishop of Genoa (1746-1767).

  • ID# 22 -RSCRM
  • Size 50 x 44 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Origin Genoa, Italy
  • Materials silver
  • Price $675
  • Silver

Reliquary theca with relic of Saint Vincent Ferrer

Small crystal-fronted silver reliquary theca housing reic of Saint Vincent Ferrer. The relic is affixed to a background of red silk and surrounded by paperole and twisted wire ornamentation. It is labeled on a paper cedula as S. Vincent F, and secured on the back with red Spanish wax.

  • ID# 21-LPR-2
  • Size 27 x 22 mm
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Materials silver
  • Price $625
  • Silver

Reliquary theca with relics of St. Peter of Alcantara, St. Paschal Baylon, and St. Vincent Ferrer

Oval brass reliquary theca housing relics of Saint Peter of Alcantara, Saint Paschal Baylon, and Saint Vincent FerrerThe relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on a manuscript cedula labels. On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of an undentified Catholic Bishop.

  • ID# 07-RSMR-5
  • Size 34 x 27 mm
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Price $595

Russian Icon - Greatmartyr Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine is, according to tradition, a Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius. She is a patron of Unmarried girls, Aalsum; apologists; craftsmen who work with a wheel (potters, spinners); archivists; dying people; educators; girls; jurists; knife sharpeners; lawyers; librarians; libraries; Balliol College; Massey College; maidens; mechanics; millers; milliners; hat-makers; nurses; philosophers; preachers; scholars; schoolchildren; scribes; secretaries; spinsters; stenographers; students; tanners; theologians; University of Oviedo; University of Paris; haberdashers; wheelwrights; Żejtun, Malta; Żurrieq, Malta; Pagbilao, Quezon, Philippines; Carcar City, Cebu, Philippines; and Katerini, Greece.

  • ID# 27-104-026-SP7-7
  • Size 8 3/4 x 7 in (22 x 18 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Egg tempera on silvered, tooled, and gessoed wood
  • Price $575
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian brass plaquette depicting Miracle of Saint George Slaying the Dragon

Small brass icons depicting Saint George the Victorybearer were traditionally given to men leaving to served in armed forces or fight the enemy invading the Russian land

  • ID# 14237L60i2-1
  • Size 5 cm x 6 cm (2 in x 2 1/3 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century Central Russia
  • Materials brass
  • Price $195

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