Saint Gerard Prayer Bullet (Baller de Prière)
Item no. 605PB2CB
Trésor Bleu Exclusive - Antique (more than 100 years old)
France, c.1917 (World War I) - Saint Gerard (Patron Saint of Mothers)
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 three dimensional 1" statue of Saint Gerard. Gerard Majella (1726-1755) is known popularly today as “The Mothers’ Saint.” It may seem odd that a male religious should be the saint for mothers, mothers-to-be and those wanting to become mothers. He died at an early age (29) but was credited with the miracle of providing safety to a woman that almost died in childbirth. 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.