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Seven Sorrows ~ The Servite Chaplet

By the Artist Karo

  

7SorrowsN

Early 20th Century 7 sorrows chaplet with the Karo Madonna on the medals, but no maker's mark and no signature. Medals are stamped 'France'. There us also a small brass tag that say "Made in France", dating this rosary to the early 1920s. The beads are fire-polished faceted glass, the links, medals and chain are silver.

The Medallion is not the usual Karo Madonna, although it is very beautifully done and may be an alternative image from the same artist. It has no signature. There is an attached Art Nouveau Miraculous Medal, in English but stamped Italy. Additionally, there is a very beautiful sterling and enamel cross stamped ROMA. The cross is not original to the chaplet.

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7sorrowsZC

Small, round Gutta Percha beads still show faint mold marks. Chain, links and medals are silver, there is a no purity marks on the medals but there is a purity stamp on the bail of the medallion. 'AP' foundry stamp and 'Karo' signature on the medallion, no Country of Origin.

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7SorrowsM

Wood and silver 7 sorrows chaplet, with the classic Karo Madonna and Sorrows artwork, 'AP' foundry stamp and 'Karo' signature on the medallion. Medallion is stamped France, and has a purity stamp on the bail.

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7SorrowQ

Unusual and beautiful 7 sorrows chaplet, with each sorrow in a different color. The beads are glass, the links and chain appear to be silver.

The medallion has the 'AP' foundry stamp and is stamped 'France', but has no purity mark or signature. Medallion and medals have the classic Karo artwork, with an unusual semi-oval Art Deco boarder around the medals. The medals are stamped France and have purity marks on the bails. Probably very early 20th century, before WWI.

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7sorrowsZB

Same chaplet as 7sorrowQ, above, with boxwood beads in the same soft rectangle shape. The links and chain appear to be silver.

The medallion has the 'AP' foundry stamp and is stamped 'France', but has no purity mark or signature. Medallion and medals have the classic Karo artwork, with an unusual semi-oval Art Deco boarder around the medals. The medals are stamped France and have purity marks on the bails. Probably very early 20th century, before WWI.

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7SorrowsL

This rare aluminum version from late 19th century France has no foundry stamp, signature, or country of origin. There is no medallion, instead there is a crucifix which appears to be original to the chaplet. The crucifix has Iris on each arm, and the corpus has side-by-side feet with nails in each. On the reverse the crucifix has the inscription 'toujours seigneir je vous serai fidele', IHS above 3 nails and surmounted by a cross,  and a fleur de lis at the bottom.

The beads are tiny and semi round, possibly boxwood. The chain and links are steel.

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