Vintage Rosaries

We are happy to announce that we have a new sister site, Eleanor Brown Boutique! It’s named after Mom – the original doll collector of the family! I take after Mom in a lot of ways (Actually, so do my sisters). I love old unusual dolls, vintage lace, opalescent glass, bird and bee themes, and old jewelry. Like my sisters, the older I get -  the shinier the better.  And Mom is taking after her daughters. She didn’t own a Santos doll until we found them, and now she is beginning to love collecting antique rosaries. She has helped us  We’ve got the new store carrying all kinds of things that our family loves. You could say that Mom is the Head Curator :) . She has taught us a lot about composition, eras, and what things were used for. If you ever have an old gadget, bring it to Mom and she’ll tell you “Oh, that’s a so & so, people used to do so & so with it!” I hope I can gain half the knowledge that Mom has about goodies from the past!

Check out the store – we have some of our Santos items there, plus much more  – Eleanor Brown Boutique.

Here are a few of our vintage rosaries that we have listed there. If you don’t use them for prayer, your Santos doll would love one hanging from her neck! 

Definitely my favorite of these is the dark red cube rosary. I almost didn’t list it! The cubes remind me of the square cinnamon suckers that my brother and sisters and I had when we were kids. We loved those things! They burned the fire out of our lips, but they were our favorites. Good memories!

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Antique vs Reproduction – 23 inch Santos Cage Doll

This is a 19th century articulated Virgin from Guatemala. She’s 25 inches tall, and although her face is very chipped, she is still very beautiful and in great condition for a 200 year old doll. Her value is $1800.

Here is our 24 inch cage doll, which we think is quite similar. They both have similar paint colors, and their dress is painted high on the neck. They each have rather stocky arms, and the articulation is similar. Our doll looks downward though, while the antique is gazing up. Our reproduction doll is $187. You can find her in our store here.

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Blue Santos Mannequin – a comparison of antique versus reproduction

I love to look at antique Santos dolls. I like to guess what date they were created, and then read the description to see if I’m right! It’s also fun to do with price tags. Generally there is gasping involved! Last night was my most exciting ‘find’. Look at this beauty -

Closer still…

She’s an 18th century doll, and her value is over $8000. That’s the interesting part. Here’s the fun part!

This is our reproduction doll that we have in our store, for $177. The reproduction doll is less sorrowful, although she was created as a Dolorosa.  Both dolls are a beautiful blue, both are gazing upward, wearing similar earrings, and each have their sandals painted. At each detail, my ‘WOWs’ got louder! Created generations apart, but with a beautiful bond.

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