A helper in need

Antique Antonius ring made of silver, probably South Germany around 1890

All around the world, Saint Anthony of Padua is venerated as a patron saint. He is venerated in cases of infertility, fever, plague, shipwreck and in times of war, is said to help against cattle diseases and is also responsible for the retrieval of lost objects, which is why he was given the joking nickname "Schlampertoni" in Bavaria or "Schussels Tünn" in the Rhineland. Especially for his last function, there are very special intercessions that are addressed to Saint Anthony when one is looking for something lost. In the Rhineland, for example, it is necessary to repeat the following sentence seven times: "Hilliger Antonius flöck, flöck, flöck, kumm und maak di Meesterstöck!", in High German thus as much as: "Heiliger Antonius schnell, schnell, schnell, komm und machen' dein Meisterstück." Another form of veneration of the saint is the wearing of a so-called "Antonius ring" in order to be always sure of the proximity of the saint. Emma Pressmar has shown in her book about antique rings that these rings, mostly made of silver, were especially widespread in the Alpine region of Germany, Austria, South Tyrol and France, but can also be found in Italy and Spain. Cf. Emma Pressmar: Ringe reden. The Emma Pressmar Collection in the Ulm Museum, Ulm 1991. We now also see an Antonius ring here. This piece is a solid silver example from the end of the 19th century. The ring, probably made in Bavaria, shows a central motif of a hip image of St. Anthony of Padua in profile, to whom the Christ child appears. The saint carries the child on his right arm. The embossed plaque is set into a protruding frame. The ring shoulders are formed by large flower umbels that cover the wide ring rail that splits towards the ring head. This ring came to us from a collection in northern Germany.

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