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Reliquary theca with relics of St. Margaret of Cortona, patron of penitents & single mothers

Large oval glass-fronted metal reliquary theca housing a second-class relic of Saint Margaret of Cortona. A substantial relic is affixed to a creme-colored silk background and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Margarita di Cort. On the back, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a faint imprint of a coat of arms of a Roman Catholic Bishop. 

Saint Margaret of Cortona, T.O.S.F., (†1297) was an Italian penitent of the Third Order of St. Francis who was canonized in 1728. She is the patron saint of the falsely accused, hoboes, homeless, insane, orphaned, mentally ill, midwives, penitents, single mothers, reformed prostitutes, stepchildren, and tramps.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 18-8-RSINR-15
  • Size: 42 x 36 mm (1 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches)
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk
  • Price: $850
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