A stylish pair of late 18th century Sicilian silver cartaglorias containing the original texts in old fashioned script. The oval bead bordered frames have applied gilt silver swags, leaves and flower motifs, the bases are raised on square supports. The sheet silver frames are pinned onto carved softwood backs. Height 26.7 cms. Width 23 cms. Marked on the bottom left hand corner with “GC” for Guiseppe Caltagirone of Trapani, Sicilia. Circa 1790.
This charming pair of antique frames is in good condition with no restoration. The silver is generally in good order with some minor dents and scratching. One swag has been come off and been re-attached with glu. The wooden backs have some splits and both have a tiny piece of wood missing at the bottom where the makers initials are.
One frame retains the original 18th century glass. The other has a plastic replacement.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Normally there would be 3 cartaglorias placed on the altar, usually within a frame, one in the center and two on the sides. These contain formulas and parts of the Missal which are part of the Mass. Most of these formulas are recited by the priest bowed at the altar, the altar cards are then used to recite formulas, without moving the missal to read.