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Product Code: 4524
Condition: Excellent
Price: € 0,00

An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or to a divinity; the term is usually restricted to Christian examples. It is given in fulfilment of a vow (hence the Latin term, short for ex voto suscepto, "from the vow made") or in gratitude or devotion. Ex-votos are placed in a church or chapel where the worshiper seeks grace or wishes to give thanks. Ex-votos can take a wide variety of forms. They are not only intended for the helping figure, but also as a testimony to later visitors of the received help. Ex-voto knives were placed in churches and chapels by someone who eventually committed a murder and, repenting, brought the knife to the Virgin Mary as a pledge asking for grace, or, on the other hand, by those who survived to a knife attack and considered it a grace received. This wonderful knife of considerable beauty was made in the first half of the 19th century. It features a lock back pointy blade with a very pronounced curve. Plain and solid Zebù horn handle and lock ring blade on the sturdy palm spring. Both ends of the knife handles have been finely carved and embellished with decorative rivets. Palm spring has been nicely chased with decorative pattern. The knife retains its chain that was used to hang the knife on the wall of the Church or Chapel. Blade is full and unsharpened with original sharp edge. Tang marked with a crown (see pic) lt Is tight with no movement/play and has a very firm snap. The overall condition are more than excellent, no chips or cracks to the handle and no dents to the steel parts.18 cm folded and 27cm when fully opened. PRICE UPON REQUEST