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Door of Mary Prayer Ammunition, French, c. 1917 (WWI)

Trésor Bleu


Item N°. MA-1014B

Trésor Bleu Exclusive - Antique (more than 100 years old) France, c.1917 (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 door that opens and closes to reveal a tiny statuette of Mary.  The fleur de lys relief details represent both French pride and the Trinity.  The top of the vessel also has a lid that opens and closes, with the NDL (Notre Dame de Lourdes) monogram insignia.   

This iconic, unique piece is only 1.5 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.