French Vintage, 1830
Inscription: "Ô Marie, Conçue Sans Péché, Priez Pour Nous Qui Avons Recours à Vous"
Translation: "O Mary, Conceived Without Sin, Pray for Us Who Have Recourse to Thee"
The Blessed Virgin first appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure. In that vision, the Virgin Mary showed Saint Catherine the design of a double-sided medal with an image of Mary on one side and a letter “M” with a cross and twelve stars on the other, representing the Apostles. The Miraculous Medal is a favorite of the SfS family and is perfect to wear proudly for special grace. Saint Mary Catherine Laboure’s body lies incorrupt at the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal in Paris, France.
Our vintage medals have been collected over several years. Most are from Italy though we recently discovered more medallions from Spain and France, with filigree in Spanish and French. The past few years, we have traveled throughout the French countryside of Provence and discovered many different medals in the cities of Avignon (formerly the home of the Vatican), Montpellier, Carpentras, Isle Sur Les Sorgue and many other small villages. These medals are beautifully aged, and some were likely created in the 1800 and early 1900's. Our pilgrimages to Lourdes and San Sebastian were great experiences, spiritually, of course, AND we also found many, many vintage Saint Bernadette, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Miraculous Medals, all with French engraving. And many obscure saints have been uncovered!
It's exciting to offer these medals and breathe and deliver new life and a new country (USA) to their existence. It's curious wondering where these medals have been and the lives they have touched, with more to come! If you are looking for a saint medal, please let us know and we will try to find it. We've found so many versions of Saint Rock/Roch/Rocco and we look forward to presenting those soon. Thanks for taking a look at our vintage medals. They are all truly one-of-a-kind, just like our newer hand-painted saint medals.