St. Anthony Copper Shell Baller de Prièr
Item no. B500.100
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, it opens to show a 3 dimensional 1" statue of Saint Anthony holding Jesus. The statue is fixed inside the arsenal piece. The piece itself is 2.6 inches tall, .5 inches wide.
This "Baller de Prière" makes a perfect travel pieces though life. Free shipping in the U.S. and free gift wrapping.