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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice

Oval glass-fronted brass theca housing pre-canonization relic of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice. The relic is affixed to a gold silk background surrounded by gilt paperolle and silver wire ornamentation and identified on a typeset cedula label as B. Leon. A / P. Maur. (the Blessed Leonard of Port Maurice).  On the back,  the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Catholic Bishop.

Saint Leonard of Port Maurice, O.F.M., (Italian: San Leonardo da Porto Maurizio) († 1751) was an Italian Franciscan preacher and ascetic writer called "the great missionary of the 18th century". Pope Pius VI pronounced his beatification on 19 June 1796, and Pope Pius IX his canonization on 29 June 1867. St. Leonard's Church in Boston, founded in 1873, is the first Roman Catholic Church in New England built by Italian immigrants. His Feast is celebrated on November 27.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 15-RSCR40-11
  • Size: 32 x 27 mm
  • Age: ca. first half of the 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass
  • Price: $675
  • Silver

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