A delicate and lovely chaplet from the mid 19th century, with beads made from
Jobs Tears seeds, brass links, and coiled brass spacers. The medals are thin
with scalloped edges, made from stamped brass and were originally silver plated.
The coiled spacers appear to have been silvered as well. Most of the silver
plate has worn away.
The art on the the medals is amazingly detailed, and still crisp. There is a
portrait style Madonna on each medal with the inscription Mater Dolorosa Ora Pro
Nobis. In place of a medallion there is a stamped crucifix that is original to
the chaplet, silver plated brass with a scalloped edge. The cricifix is double
sided, an indication of it's antiquity, and shows the crucified Christ over a
scull and bones on one side, and on the reverse, a crowned Madonna and baby
Jesus between the two sacred hearts.