Mary + Jesus Prayer Bullet (Baller de Prière) - 1916
Item no. A500.105
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 created these artifacts by hand, by literally using empty ammunition (bullet) casings. This particular casing has the details of its origin on the bottom, including the year it was manufactured: 1916, during the height of WWI. ART, in French, is Direction de l’Artillery ("Management of the Artillery") (?-1918) - The French state body that oversaw the manufacturing of munitions. ART.D means it is a 8mm Lebel Balle D (manufactured 1898-1932). The 8×50mmR Lebel (8mm Lebel). It was originally introduced by France in 1886.
Once crafted, soldiers would add a saint, or Mary, and take them with them as a portable prayer tool. The piece itself 8×50mm.
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.
All of our trésors are authentic, one of a kind items*. An information sheet of known origin, date and authenticity is included with every order. Trésors Bleu are meant to be gifted, even to yourself. A complimentary gift box is included with every order. Shipping within the U.S. is free with all orders.
*items from Virgins, Saints & Angels are not vintage