Our Lady of Valfleury (c. 1916) with 18th Century Medal of Mary Inside.
Item no. A300.106
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 tiny, hinged lid copper piece celebrates Our Lady of Valfleury, a French pilgrimage church, nestled in the Gier Valley, near Lyon. The sanctuary was created in the 9th century when a statue of the Virgin was discovered few days before Christmas. A chapel was immediately built nearby to house this Virgin. This sanctuary quickly became a place of pilgrimage. What makes this piece incredibly unique is the 18th century medal inside it. Made in the 1700s of Bronze, it features two images of Mary: one the Sacred Heart of Mary, and the verso side features Mary kneeling after the Crucifixion.
This iconic, unique piece is only 1.4 inches tall, .8 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.