St. Anthony of Padua Prayer Bullet (Baller de Prière)
Item no. 507PB2
Trésor Bleu Exclusive - Antique (more than 100 years old)
France, c.1916 (World War I) - Anthony of Padua (with Lilies) 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 of Padua holding Jesus. The statue is fixed inside the arsenal piece. The dome top has a carving of a cross radiating light. The piece itself is 2.1 inches tall, .65 inches wide.
This "Baller de Prière" makes a perfect travel piece, or journey-through-life piece. All trésors are custom wrapped for gifting.