Ciao Ebayers. For all our Ex-Voto Collectors we have a fabulous group for you this week. As you probably already know, we are great admirers of these fascinating Church Offerings. As we travel around Italy and visit some of the most important and beautiful Churches in the world, we often discover the walls of the side altars covered from floor to ceiling with these exquisite Ex-Voto offerings. Ex-Votos are offered to God or a Saint as thanks for answered prayers. This wonderful tradition of a votive offering has been a tradition for Centuries. This week we have a selection of 7 Italian Silver Ex-Votos for you - Gorgeous Hearts of various sizes and styles.Please check our other auctions for each of these items. We have included a Group Photo with each listing so that you can see the Group together and get a better idea of their relative size. We have not attempted to clean or polish these Ex-Votos, and we present them to you as we found them with their antique patina. IN THIS AUCTION we are offering a superb Antique Italian Flaming Heart Ex-Voto offering devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Of all of the various types of Silver Heart Ex-votos, this style is one that we find to be among the most beautiful. In the center of the heart are the entwined letters "AM" signifying the words "Ave Maria" - Hail Mary. A raised beaded border adds dramatic visual relief to the Heart. T are wonderful three dimensional Flames at the top of the Ex-voto w a small hook for hanging can be found. Of particular interest is a small flowered rosette found in the lower left part of the Flames. We have not seen a mark like this before. It could be part of the overall design, or it could be some sort of "makers-mark". Please see photos. The Heart is in very good condition, however it should be noted that a solder seam can be seen on the Back of the Heart w the Flames join the Heart. The Ex-Voto measures 5 ¾ inches by 3 ¼ inches (16 cm x 9.5 cm). As we stated above, we think the graceful lines of the tear-shaped heart and the boldness of the Flames, letters and beading all make this an outstanding example of Italian Heart Ex-votos. It will be a stand out in any collection. In case this is the first time you are checking with us, we are Americans currently living and traveling in Italy searching for unique items which are designed and created in Italy to present to you on Ebay. Please be sure to check out our other Auctions for Antique Silver Heart Ex-Votos, an Antique Italian Monstrance, Thurible, Sanctuary Lamp, Sacred Reliquary, Painted Ex-Voto, Priest Vestments - Chasuble, Alb and more fabulous treasures from Italy . We are shopping for you, we save you the cost of Airfare. We always COMBINE SHIPPING for multiple items whenever possible. Best of luck, we are more than happy to answer any of your questions prior to bidding. We are italycallingyou.