Paternoster, ca. 1600 CE, possibly from Milan, with rock crystal and gilded silver pieces, and gilding on the rock crystal (verre eglomisé). 28.5cm long, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Geistliche Schatzkammer. Inv.-Nr. SK_GS_D_184.
Rosary with Cross of Tau pendant 1501/1550 The Cross of Tau has been considered a means of protection against the plague since the 6th century. It is also the symbol of St. Anthony, who is called on in cases of ergot poisoning or "St. Anthony's fire".
Late 15th Century: 53 smooth bone beads and your choice paternosters, either intricately carved cut-work bone beads which have a "woven" appearance or antiqued carved bone skull beads, 5 of these carved beads separate 50 of the smooth beads into decades. A brown colored tassle with 3 antiphon beads hangs from the center carved bead. It is approximately 23" in circumference and when divided in half it hangs approximately 15" including the tassel.
Rosary with a Pendant in the Form of the Head of St John the Baptist and with a Cross Amber, silver and cotton; carved, engraved, gilded and filigreed. L. 14 cm, diam. of icon 2.7 cm, l. of cross 4.5 cm Western Europe. 16th century