Italian antique silver plated ex voto of man husband, male milagro for protecting son husband, religious decor, gift for mother of soldier

$99.00

Here we have a beautiful Italian ex voto circa late 1800s or early 1900s. This ex voto is formed from one thin sheet of silver plated copper alloy, with traditional Catholic designs in deep repoussé. In Spanish, ex votos are also known as "milagros" (miracles) and are religious charms used in much of the Latin-based Catholic part of the Old World, Italy included, as votive offerings and for giving thanks to miracles received. This particular milagro features a man--possibly an adult son, husband, nephew--and one would have use this as an offering to keep this beloved man safe. I've collected these for some time, and this one is among the most worn that I have, which tells me that it was very much used, perhaps touched. Given where it came from and the era, I would not be surprised if it was used as an offering to keep a soldier safe.

The ex voto measures about 3-5/8" wide at the widest point by just under 5-3/8" long, including the eye hook at the top. The patina is somewhat uneven--see my mention above about possible reason why--with the silver plating having been rubbed off from touch and wear, showing copper underneath. Some scratches on the surface and tarnish spots. The piece still lays relatively flat yet can also be hung and in fact would make a beautiful piece to use in assemblage or even as a completely unique Christmas ornament.

For a mother's love of her adult son, a spouse's love of husband, and acknowledgement of the challenges faced in this world.


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