Soldiers’ Pullchain Rosary

25 Nov

Soldiers' Pullchain Rosary

During World Wars I and II, chaplains gave rosaries with silver-color metal beads to members of the military. The beads were linked by the same type of tiny beads used at that time on lamp pullchains. The rosaries were indestructible and could be carried by soldiers in many situations. Some of the beads were “blued”, painted a dull black so that they would not shine or reflect light on the battlefield.

The Soldiers’ Pullchain Rosary is highly prized by rosary collectors.

To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide, a 152 page hardcover reference book with 240 color photographs. The Rosary Collector’s Guide helps antique dealers, collectors, and those interested in religious articles, identify unique items. This book is available on, Barnes and Noble, The Catholic Faith Store Online, and other websites, book stores, and religious article stores.

Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, are often able to bring their extensive collection to show to church groups, school groups, and community organizations. To arrange a presentation or to ask a question about rosaries, contact the authors at


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