Large Vintage Uranium Glass and Sterling Catholic Rosary, Rare 1917 Collectible, Unique Antique Religious Prayer Beads, Cross Necklace


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All Antique and Vintage Rosaries that I list come from my private collection. They are genuine antiques – older than 100 years – or genuine vintages – from 30 to 100 years old. All are in perfect condition and still very much usable. They are unique and a real pleasure to collect or still use.

The very exceptional and extremely rare item in this listing has the following characteristics:

This is a Rosary dating from the early days of the 20th century - 1917 - made with rare Faceted Uranium ( or Vaseline) beads ( see explanation here below) .

It is VERY rare in view of its unusual large size, exceptional beauty of attached medals and crucifix and very heavy sterling silver content.

⦿ Features:

➼ Vintage Uranium Glass Rosary
➼ Rare 1917 Collectible
➼ Sterling Silver Cross
➼ Unique Antique Prayer Beads
➼ Large 10 mm Beads
➼ Historical Religious Item
➼ First Communion Medal
➼ Children of Mary Medal
➼ 76 cm Total Length
➼ 111 Grams Total Weight


➼ Rosary Type: Large Vintage Uranium Glass and Sterling Catholic Rosary
➼ Bead Material: Faceted Uranium (Vaseline) Glass
➼ Ave Maria Bead Size: 10 x 10 mm
➼ Pater Noster Bead Size: 10 x 10 mm with Sterling Bead Caps
➼ Cross Material: Sterling Silver
➼ Cross Dimensions: 72 x 45 mm
➼ Attached Medals: First Communion Sterling Medal and Children of Mary Congregational Medal (Dated 1st June 1917)
➼ Total Rosary Length: 76 cm (30.5 in)
➼ Total Weight: 111 grams
➼ Sterling Silver Weight: 50 grams (Equivalent to 1.61 Troy Ounces)
➼ Bead Age: Glass beads from the 1920s



Uranium glass is glass which has had uranium, usually in oxide diuranate form, added to a glass mix before melting for coloration. The proportion usually varies from trace levels to about 2% uranium by weight.
Uranium glass is recognized by its luminescence under UV light ( called also Black light) . It is not luminescent in the dark.
Uranium glass was once made into tableware and household items, but fell out of widespread use when the availability of uranium to most industries was sharply curtailed. Most such objects are now considered antiques or retro-era collectibles, although there has been a minor revival in art glassware. Otherwise, uranium glass is now mainly limited to small objects like beads or marbles as scientific or decorative novelties.
Today faceted quality Uranium beads are of high rarity and much sought after by collectors.
The Uranium glass objects are completely safe to handle as the radio activity of uranium glass objects is hardly traceable and does not exceed that of any other surrounding object of every day life


This vintage item is exceptional in all respects and is very attractive. It is a real heirloom which may be passed on to next generations and the value of which will increase a lot with years to come.

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