Bénédictions de Saint Antoine Prayer Bullet (Baller de Prière)
Item no. 605PB1CB
Trésor Bleu Exclusive - Antique (more than 100 years old)
France, c.1916 (World War I) - Saint Anthony holding Jesus statuette
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 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 iconic, unique piece was created by a soldier in France and the bullet is believed to be a French shell. It's made of copper, rotates to show a 3 dimensional 1" statue of Saint Anthony holding Jesus. Saint Anthony is the patron saint of lost items, as the modern English version prayer: "Tony, Tony,
look around. Something's lost. and must be found!" The statue is fixed inside the arsenal piece. The piece itself is 2 inches tall, .5 inches wide.
This "Baller de Prière" makes a perfect travel piece, or journey-through-life piece. All trésors are custom wrapped for gifting.