Antique Silver Figure of St. Hubert Armor Sword
Exclusive, made of solid sterling silver figure of St. Hubert in 16th century armor with sword , holding a lance, with a stag on the front, finely hand chiseled details-a truly example of European art work, dated from 1890 to 1910. In that time in Germany begun Arts and Crafts movement that involves Medieval and Renaissances motifs. The figure is stamped on the base with 925 STERLING and MADE IN GERMANY. From 1891 these markings or backstamps were provided in accordance with the McKinley Tariff Act, which specified that the country of origin must appear on any item imported to the United State. Details: the face of the figure is carved ivory, silver knight helmet with movable visor, he is wearing sword and hunting horn and standing on an original silver base completed with small jewels, the stag has a cross suspended between its antlers. Excellent detail and high quality. Entire Figure is 6 1/8 inches (15 ½ cm) tall. THE LEGEND OF ST. HUBERT. St. Hubert is patron saint of hunters, archers and forest rangers. His name means: through intellect shining (old German). Hubert was born in Maastricht, the oldest son of Bertrand, Duke of Aquitaine and grandson of Charibert, King of Toulouse. As a young courtier, he pursued a life of total pleasure. Like the story of St. Eustace, his conversion happened when he went hunting one Good Friday and saw a magnificent white stag in the forest. When the animal stopped and turned, Hubert was astounded to see a crucifix suspended between its antlers, while he heard a voice of Christ calling him to repent. He returned to the Church and soon after, when his wife died in childbirth, he renounced all privilege, wealth and power and lived for seven years as a hermit in the Ardennes Forest. Later he became a priest and missionary. Known for his powers of healing and compassion, he rescued thousands of people from dying during a famine. He died on May 30, 727 and was canonized on November 3, 743 at St. Peters Cathedral in Liège. In 825, his relics were transported to the Abbey of Andagium in the Ardennes, which is since called St. Hubert's.
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