Patrick's Own - Bronze and a Lock of Wool - Irish Penal Chaplet

Patrick's Own - Bronze and a Lock of Wool - Irish Penal Chaplet


Inspired by Saint Patrick’s astounding love for the Irish people:

Irish raiders had kidnapped Patrick when he was a boy, and kept him enslaved for six years. He’d escaped, he had found his way home, he had become a Bishop — when he heard a voice in a dream imploring him to return to Ireland. Astonishingly, Patrick did return. He devoted the last 30 years of his life to the care of the Irish people, the flock he adopted as his own.

The tassel of uncombed sheep’s wool represents Patrick’s flock — it's wild, uncombed, curly, unruly, and beautiful.

The Celtic crucifix and the Celtic ring are both solid white bronze, hand-cast from antique originals.

The stone Pater bead is jasper, interestingly patterned, with caps of solid brass.

The Aves are weighty brass, oxidized to a deep gun-metal gray, nearly black. Among these are small handmade beads of brass, each unique.

The cap of the tassel is brass, and the wire wrap is bronze.

The large connecting rings are of bronze; the small ones are oxidized copper.

Chaplets of this configuration are known as Irish Penal Chaplets. They can easily be used to keep count of the prayers of a full five decade rosary, by looping the ring over one thumb and praying one decade, then moving the ring to each finger in turn, praying one decade at each position.

Crucifix: 2.25”
Pater: 12mm
Aves: 8mm
Tassel: about 6” unstretched
Length: 11.5”

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The chaplet is strung on premium quality Soft Flex jewelers’ cable, composed of 49 strands of steel encased in nylon. Each end is double-crimped for security.