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St. Anthony Prayer Ammunition. French, c. 1917 (WWI)

Trésor Bleu


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Item N°. SA-912A

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 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 small statue of St. Anthony holding Jesus.  St. Anthony is depicted  holding Jesus as a metaphor for his closeness with Christ.  The casing twists to hide or reveal St. Anthony.  Originally, there was a cross soldered to the top, but this has fallen off.

This iconic, unique piece is only 2.4 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.