Mixed Catholic Artifacts

Needless to say, as we comb through the many Catholic estates we visit, we come across lots of “odds and ends” which are clearly sacramental in nature. They do tend to pile up after a while, and we enjoy putting together large lots of these items for auction. We have also come across some delightfully unusual items. After doing this for a number of years, there are still surprises!
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A Noma plastic light up altar Plastic fan with Saints Napkin holder and shakers
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1940s Reticulated Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that changes to a view of a Traditional Altar with Tilma This was a home made rosary devotion from the estate of a machinist. It lit up. c 1940s A three-dimensional shrine. The background was deep clear blue, and there are little flowers at Mary’s feet.
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This is part of a longer piece that represented Monks as the 7 Deadly sins. A customer told me it was a pipe rack. Unfortunately, it was cracked and fell apart. Victorian reliquary display Puzzling here is the giant plastic pocket watch with image of Mary and Child along with St. Francis is a peculiar tree stump.
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Some early plastic devotionals which are very pretty. Pope John XXIII key holder A magnificent profile of Jesus
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An old beveled edge mirror with the Holy Family. This is one of our all time favorites – a little plastic “television” featuring images of the mysteries of the rosary. When you flip it, you see the text describing the mystery.
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Oak Miniature Altar Classic Home Altar with Hard to Find instructions Typical Collection
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Christine Hirschfeld

I never intended to run a Catholic antiquities and book business. Not in a million years. As a cradle Catholic, I grew up in a house that was filled with Catholic images and sacramentals not to mention an abundance of excellent books provided by family members who worked in publishing houses famous for their Catholic catalogues. The beautiful images and concepts presented in those books certainly had their effect in enhancing my identity as a Catholic. As the years passed, even in the midst of very un-Catholic settings, I became a repository for my friends’ Catholic “found objects.” Eventually, I had a family of my own. We’re a small family. There are just three of us. And two of us were born with the “junk collecting gene.” Garage sales attracted us like a magnet.
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