First Communion

French traditional jewellery - First holy communion

 

 


first holy communion

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first holy communion

When the child was around twelve years old, feverish preparations seized the family as they prepared for the child's first holy communion.

Special clothes were bought or hired for the church ceremony and a grand feast organised at the house.  It was a priviliged moment to reunite all the family and friends and the oldest Calvados or Kirsch brandy was brought up from the cellar. 

The first holy communion has long been considered an important coming of age, and with the child's passage into the world of adults, jewels were often given to mark the event.

The parents as well as the god-father and god-mother would offer gifts, generally a cross or medal, the latter with a symbol of a chalice or a child receiving his first communion.  A missel, a small book containing the texts and hymnes of the mass and with a carved ivory cover, was offered to the child in the richer families. 

A set of rosary beads and sometimes a cross in ivory was also a popular gift.  In some families one would offer a truncated set of rosary beads for counting prayers, called a dizaine, which was worn as a bracelet.  A child might well receive his first watch on his first holy communion day and from about 1920 we start to see wristwatches being the most popular gift.

 


first holy communion

 

 

 

 

  Bague de communion en or avec image de Marie
first communion ring, gold

Bague de communion en or avec image de Marie
first communion ring, gold


first communion ring, gold and pearls

 

 

 

bague dizaine de communion, or perles et email

Bague de communion en or avec image de Marie
bague dizaine de communion, or perles et email

 

Bague de communion en or avec image de Marie
bague dizaine de communion, or perles et email

 

dizaine first communion ring in gold, pearls and enamel.  The raised bumps are to help with counting prayers

 

 

 
first communion medal
gold and pearls


first communion medal
gold


first communion medal
gold

150%

 


first communion medal
gold
, c1880

 first communion medal
silver

 first communion medal
gold and enamel
, c1920

 first communion medal
gold
, c1960

150%

 

 
antique first holy communion medal, silver

antique first holy communion medal, gold

antique first holy communion medal, silver
 

150%

 

 

 


first communion medal, gold
 and
"plique-à-jour" enamel


first communion medal
gold, diamonds and pearls


first communion medal, gold
 and
"plique-à-jour" enamel 

150%

 


  first communion cross
gold and pearls

  first communion cross
silver


  first communion cross
silver


  first communion cross
gold and pearls

 

 

 

 
first communion medal gold


first communion medal gold


first communion medal gold

first communion medal, gold, 150%

 

 

 
first communion medal gold


first communion medal gold


first communion medal, gold

first communion medals, gold, 150%

 

 

 
first communion medal, silver


 


first communion medal, gold
engraved 1908


first communion medal, silver


 

150%

 

 


first communion medal, gold


first communion medal, gold


first communion medal, gold

first communion medals in gold  and "plique-à-jour" enamel, (150%)

 

 

 
first communion medal silver


first communion medal silver


first communion medal silver

first communion medals in silver (200%)

 

 

        

silver medal engraved with the dates of baptism (25 Decembre 1869),
first holy communion (4 May 1882) and confirmation (12 May 1882) named Henri Chantrain

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silver first holy communion medal dated 23 May 1880

 

 

 

 

 
first communion medal
gold


first communion medal
gold, art nouveau


first communion medal
gold

150%

 

 
first communion medal, silver


first communion medal, silver


first communion medal, silver

first communion medals in silver (150%)

       

 

 

M�daille de communion
first communion medal, gold


first communion medal, gold


first communion medal
gold

first communion medal, gold


first communion medal 1902

        150%

 

 


 medal for baptism, first communion and confirmation, bronze, engraved 1845, 1857 & 1858, designed and engraved by Roquelay Desaide
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 bronze medal for baptism, first communion and confirmation engraved 1858, 1870 & 1870 respectivement. 

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first communion rosary beads, silver

rosary beads, silver and agate

50%
 

 


dizaine prayer bracelet in silver and coral

 

 


Dizaine bracelet in silver and mother-of-pearl

 

 


First holy communion medal in gold, hand-engraved design

 

 


first communion medal, gold

 
 
first communion medal, gold
1908

 

150%

 


 first communion medal
gold

first communion medal
gold

first communion medal
gold

150%
 


 prayer book with carved ivory cover

 
 

 

 


first communion medals, silver, c1900-1920 (150%)  (click on photo to see higher resolution)

 

 


girl's first holy communion watch in silver

 

 


first communion watch, gold, 1955

 

 




presentation box for first communion watch, 1955

 

 


boy's arm band for first holy communion, silk

 

 


first holy communion by Jules Breton (1827 - 1906)

 

 

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