An antique silver Italian Ex voto heart

  • An antique silver Italian Ex voto heart

    These are antique silver religious offering from Naples known as an ex voto. They were bought by penitents (people petitioning god and saints) too aid with pregnancy and to cure all sorts of ailments. After the ailment abated or the desire was requested the silver object was donated to the church as a thanksgiving.

    The ex voto is circa 1870. We also have other pieces of various shapes, which make a beautiful set. If you are interested in more than one please contact us for a price.

    It is in overall great condition. Beautifully worked by artisans who once made a living purely from making these offerings for the church.

    Each ex voto is priced individually.


    Small ornate lace edged heart TMIR000611A : 8cm

    Large heart with cross to top and border TMIR000611B: 20cm

    Double lace edged heart TMIR000611C: 7cm

    Large heart encased in a floral border TMIR000611D: 13cm

    Large ornate lace edged heart TMIR000611E: 16cm

    Double linear edged heart TMIR000611F: 7cm

    Medium ornate lace edged heart TMIR000611G: 9cm

    Small ornate edged heart TMIR000611H: 9cm

    Medium flame edged heart TMIR000611I: 13cm



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