Mary Prayer Ammunition. French, c. 1916 (WWI)
Item N°. MA-102B
Trésor Bleu Exclusive - Antique (more than 100 years old) France, c.1916 (World War I)
We love that our trésors have years of wear, years of prayer. If only these "Ballers de Prièr" - AKA, prayer bullets - could talk. French soldiers in World War I originally created these artifacts by hand, by literally using empty ammunition (bullet) casings to create sacred pieces of art, due to them being so malleable and plentiful during WWI. Once crafted, they would add a saint, or Mary, and take them with them as a portable prayer tool.
This prayer bullet features a small statue of Mary, The door can be closed by twisting the vessel. There was originally something attached to the top of the vessel, likely a cross, which has since broken off. Area is now softened by age, so there are no sharp edges.
This iconic, unique piece is only 1.65 inches tall, .6 inches in diameter. This "Baller de Prière" makes a perfect travel piece, or journey-through-life piece. All trésors are custom wrapped for gifting and shipping is free within the U.S.