**Please note that any detailed information provided for this item has been found on the internet from reliable, religious sources detailing the history of this rosary. I will try and provide a link to the websites but will provide the most interesting points below**
**Please note you are purchasing the rosary and the "blessed relic centerpiece" is a gift to you! This insures the "blessings" remains in tact with this piece! It is against the church law for items that are "blessed" to be "sold" and they must be "given" **
> https://www.google.com/patents/USD160693 - This link will show patent information on Rosary PLEASE SEE PHOTOS FOR PATENT DETAILS
"To all whom it may concern: Be it known that I, Cesare Civelli, a citizen of the Italian Republic, residing at Rome, Italy, and having my post-office address at Rome, Italy, Viale Mazzini 106, have invented a new, original, yand ornamental Design for a Rosary, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming part thereof. Fig. 1 is a front elevational view of a rosary embodying my newA design; Figs. 2 to 6, respectively, are developed plan views of the five pentagonal-shaped beads forming the pendant element of the' rosary from top to bottom"
> This Rosary was designed by the renowned Italian Sculptor Cesare Civelli of Rome, who called it "The Sculptured Rosary." He designed this in the late 1940's for the 1950 HOLY YEAR.
> The spectacular beads depict in words and pictures the litanies of the blessed Virgin Mary and the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
> Rosary measures 21 1/2" in length (around neck area not wearable) with 6 1/2" pater or Our Father beads (pater beads measures 9mm - 12mm). The crucifix measures 1 13/16" x 1 1/4"and has the embossed words "ROMA" & "PAT C. CIVELLI" in Gold.
> The central connector includes a holy earth relic from the Roman Catacombes. The label reads: Terra delle Catacombe (soil of the catacombe). Typically Civelli rosaries contain soil from the catacombe of Saint Calixtus.
> The Original Metal Tag is still attached with "Made in Italy" on one side and "Marque Depose" on the other side meaning "Trade Marked"
> The Black shading/ink is still very dark and consistent indicating that this rosary was handled very little.
> The crucifix is made entirely of molded ivorine celluloid, also known as french ivory. It's complete with all 59 beads. The Latin inscriptions on each oval bead represent invocations of the litanies, with symbolic portrayals on the reverse.
This Rosary is amazing and highly sought after. It is in wonderful condition without damage or repairs.
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