Allie's Vintage Alley

Circa: 1909
Condition: Used
Color: brown blue tan red gold black
Country of Origin: US
Manufacturer: Koenig Bros.
Catholic Thy Holy Name Altar Sick Call Kit Priest Shadowbox Jesus. A lovely sacred item.

The booklet this came with notes Copyright by Koenig Bros. 1909 and notes The Holy Name Altar and Sick Call outfit is not for sale in stores. It can only be obtained by subscribing for it, to a duly appointed representative, who will call directly on the Catholic family in territory assigned to him. This booklet is stamped on the first page A.J. Lefevre, best guess, the name of the representative.

Th Altar Described.

The Holy Name Altar consists of a statue of the Blessed Virgin holding in her arms the body of her Divine Son which has just been taken down from the cross, and a Communion Set which is placed in a receptacle under the statue. The statue of our Savior and His Mother stands in a grotto-like niche with a decorated dome-shaped back ground. The background is ornamental in gilt and at the sides presents the pictures of Saints Peter and Paul sorrowfully gazing at the central figures. In a separate receptacle under the statue is contained the Communion Set Consisting of remaining items, and I will list what is missing below this information.

Remaining items still stored in the receptacle of this Alter are as follows:
1. A heavily nickel-plated and polished plate, inscribed with the initials I.H.S for the absorbent cotton and salt or bread, known as the body of Christ for absorbing oil which adheres to the priest's fingers. Note this plate is worn and has rust as seen;
2. a spoon used in administering the ablution water to the communicant. Note this has patina and wear as seen;
3. a Holy water bottle. Note this holy water is complete with cork and stopper which is normally rarely found with the stopper and cork intact and very very hard find all in its own;
4. The manufacturer's booklet with suitable prayers from approved sources. Note this booklet is also a rare find with the alters;
5. The brass candelabra also known as candle holders that attach to both sides of the altar, that get stored in the receptacle, behind the door of the last supper.

Other contents that originally came with this Altar and no longer with the Altar are as follows:
a. Missing Crucifix;
b. Missing rubrical candles made to order of bees wax;
c. Missing two hem stitched clothes. One for the breast of the Communicant and one for the fingers of the Priest;
d. a box of absorbent cotton to be used by the priest in anointing the sick.

The whole altar is in a heavy solid oak frame to which detach and are attached two candelabra. The glass from top the niche contains the statue has a decorated stained and painted border. On the glass door of the case for the Communion Set is a copy of Leonardo di Vinci's world famous painting of the, Last Supper. Thus the lower part of the Altar portrays the first step in the passion when Judas prepared to betray Our Lord and the upper part represents the last stage when the agony is over and the human part of Our Saviour is restored to His Mother. Under the statue on the frame appears in gilt the inscription, Blessed be Thy Holy Name, reminding us of the reverence due to the Name of the Divine Master who loves us so much.

Height 23 inch X Length 13 1/2 inch X Width front to back 4 inch.

As pictures shows this item remains in original shape with original backing never removed. Can use some cleaning as over 100 years old.

Please ask any questions.

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