There's a story here,
and I wish I knew what it was. Who made this distinctive and beautiful
style of seven sorrows rosaries? When? And why did they stop?
Seven Sorrows rosaries with this cross are fairly rare.
The earliest examples have a hand carved wooden center with a cutout in the
center for holy earth - but no mark to say where the earth is from.
There are no medals; Pater beads divide the decades. The beads are
carved from Tagua (coco), or possibly ivory. They are dyed a beautiful
The cross is exactly the same on all of the examples I've seen, which
means they were made from the same mold or molded from an earlier
example. This indicates that they all came from one manufacturer, rather
than being part of a tradition.
the cross is brass with a silver wash, mostly worn away. There is a crucified
Christ on one side and a prayerful Madonna on the reverse. The Seven Sorrows are
depicted in text on each arm of the cross, with this instruction at the top on
the reverse side: AT EACH SORROW SAY ONE OUR FATHER SEVEN HAIL MARYS.