Paternoster Rosary with Pomander, Red Coral Beads
This paternoster rosary is based on designs from the Medieval period, brought up to date with modern materials and techniques. The paternoster has a brass pomander, a hinged vessel for holding sweet smelling herbs, spices or perfumes.
The rosary loop of 10 Ave is made with large-size 12mm round red coral beads, a favorite in the Rennaisance period. The Gaud bead (Pater bead) in the front is a 20mm red coral bead intricately hand-carved with flowers.
The closed loop of prayer beads is joined with a bronze connector, and the hinged pomander completes the design.
In past times personal bathing wasn't as frequent so many women and men carried rosaries with pomanders filled with sweet smelling potions to mask less pleasant odors. They were also filled with various herbs in the belief that would help ward of illness.
Carrying or wearing a rosary was common, something of a fashion statement, so they became a handy place to add your pomander to. The pierced filigree work of the pomander ball allowed the sweet smells to waft around the person as they moved.
A large paternoster like this one would have been carried over the forearm or worn attached to a belt, most likely by someone in the middle to upper class of society at the time. It is suitable for re-enactment or cosplay outfits. The pomander is hinged so it opens to be filled.
I have added a clasp in the center back. If wearing as a necklace care needs to be taken as coral is a reasonably soft material. Ensure nothing abrasive comes into contact with the beads - not suitable for layering with other necklaces or chains.
I've used double-link brass chain to construct the rosary, and wire-wrapped the beads so it has that unique handmade look and is well-made for years of use.
Length when hanging: 48cm / 18.9 inches;
Beads: 12mm & 20mm red coral;
Pomander: 4.5cm / 1.75 inches tall.
This paternoster comes in a handmade pouch for you to store it in when not using it.
More paternosters: Living History Collection