Can't believe Sally missed this…

Over at Icons and Curiosities, Sally and Jody like to showcase the different, new, oddball or kitschy. I am surprised that Sally, who regularly looks at Catholic Goods on Ebay has missed this one:

For the Little Catholic Boy who likes to play “Priest at Mass”

Ornate lot of 8 very old miniature religious church vessels in silver color pewter lead castmetal that were most probably used as toys in the late 1800′s to the early 1900′s.

2 – Church altar spike candleholders 4,2 inches high.
1 – Monstrance with gold gilding and red glass with interior holy host 4,2 inches high.
1 – Altar crucifix 4 inches high.
1 – Tray 2 inches wide.
1 – Holy wine pitcher 1 inch high.
1 – Chalice with lid and cross 2,3 inches high.
1 – Chain incense bucket 3 inches high.

It’s actually kind of a cool collectible, and an interesting find.

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  • Sally Thomas

    Oh, my gosh! Is that what you sent me the link to? I’ve been meaning to look at it, and things have just been crazy around here. At the moment I’m helping my daughter come up with 180 counters of some type for a Latin-speaking-saints bingo game she’s made up — I’m not sure she knew what she was getting into when she decided to make this game (it’s for a group of 7-10-year-olds in a little primer Latin class she’s teaching at church — they’ll all know by the end of tomorrow who Saint Eusignius is, which is good, because then they can tell me).

    Anyway, totally cool. I don’t look at Ebay for a few days, and they put this up behind my back!

  • Acer Palmatum

    Interesting item. However, beyond it being an antique, you do not want to let the kids play with this.


  • Sally Thomas

    Well, you know, we’ve got a boatload of vintage lead soldiers in our house, not to mention even more boatloads of children’s books printed before 1985, which are now CPSIA contraband. Kids old enough to handle with things like this are old enough to know not to eat them.

    But I imagine that anyone buying this set now would be buying it as a collectible, not a toy. Certainly the vendor couldn’t sell it as a toy.

    [well, remember the gov't is cracking down on resales of anything not considered pristine enough for this generation to handle- they've got investigators scouting out yard sales, and they're killing thrift shops. So if you're going to sell it, you'd better do it before they go after ebay. -admin]

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  • C.L.

    However, beyond it being an antique, you do not want to let the kids play with this.

    Why on earth not?

  • Sally Thomas

    Oh, I know, Anchoress. Fortunately I don’t want to sell anything.I want to hoard it for posterity, especially now. I am peeved that they’re cracking down on what I can buy, particularly in the area of books for children — our shelves are sagging under the weight of children’s books published before 1985, which includes the era during which I happened to have been a child and amassed a lot of books and didn’t incur any noticeable levels of lead contamination.

    Or, well, maybe I *could* have been better at math. I just assumed that my grades were a direct result of not doing my homework. If only, if only.

  • 11B40


    An “incense bucket”? What happened to a thurible or a censer. (In my altar boy days, it was called a thurifer which the dictionary now says is an altar boy carrying a censer.)

  • Gregory

    11B40: I was just about to point that out. Heh. Never was bold enough to become a thurifer, though.