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Trésor Bleu Exclusive
Item no. Y100.108
Trésor Bleu Exclusive - Antique (more than 100 years old)
Lourdes France, c.1908
This is a beautifully-preserved antique from the February 11, 1908 50th Anniversary celebration at Lourdes. Surrounded in burgundy leather and lined in fine, intact silk and velvet, a relief image of Our Lady with the classic words in French, "Je Suis L'Imaculee Conception," the words spoken to Bernadette by Our Lady that solidified the apparition in truth, as there would be no way Bernadette would know that the Church was contemplating indoctrinating the Immmaculate Conception at that time.
The Apparitions at Lourdes took place in 1858 at the Grotto, where a 14 year old St. Bernadette was repeatedly visited by the Virgin Mary. A few years later, it was officially recognized by the Catholic Church. In 1908, a Jubilee took place, and thousands of visitors celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Apparitions, on February 11, 1908. 1908 was a time of beauty and prosperity in France, also called the Belle Époque Era, which lasted from 1871 until WWI broke out in 1914.
The medal is one-sided in silver and is not meant to be worn. The classic "NDL" monogram of Lourdes (Notre Dame de Lourdes) is a separate piece above it. All hardware works. The only wear and tear is on the outside itself, which has some scruffs and stains. The box itself is 2.5 inches wide, 3 inches tall, and 1 inch in width. Opens and closes easily with intact antique button and hinge.
This rare items 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.
RARE 50th Anniversary Reliquary from Lourdes- 1908