Anyone able to identify this well worn saint?


A family member is wondering about the identity of this brass saint. The cross could either be a long cross or sword and he holds what is probably a book in his right hand. Any takers?


The link for the photo isn’t working for me.


My mistake. Edited now.


It does look like Saint Paul as Lilly said.


It could also possibly be St Philip.



It looks like a staff and lantern to me. It then could be St. Joseph.


I’m guessing St. Philip with a cross and book. The cross is too long to be a sword.


My guess is also St. Paul. It looks somewhat like a statue in a church in my city.


Do you reckon it could be a statue of a Crusader? There seems to be a dogleg between the upper part of the cross and the lower part.


Only from the looks of it…it was well loved - venerated.


My first impression is that it looks like St. John Vianney.

Maybe it’s so well worn because it went to so many confessions. :innocent:


I agree with @tad. The depiction of the head and hair looks like the conventional representation of St. Jean-Marie Vianney, the Curé d’Ars. The trouble is I’ve never seen him associated with a lantern.

On the other hand, St. Joseph is quite often shown holding a lantern, but apart from that, your statue doesn’t look much like him.

Is the lantern used as a symbol in connection with any other saints? That might be a good place to start, think.


Definite contender, I’d say.


You could be right. It could be a lantern. It doesn’t look completely like a book.


@Finn, I think we have the answer to your question. It looks as though I was wrong about the lantern, which is in fact used as a symbol in connecton with the Curé d’Ars, in an allusion to his habit of sleeping only two hours every night and starting his day at one o’clock in the morning, hearing confessions in his parish church:

  • Fr. Vianney eventually had to start his day at one o’clock in the morning when his lantern would promptly appear as he made his way to the church. Meanwhile, the crowds “harassed and dejected” were even at that hour ready and waiting to hear words of hope or kindly warning, and words of absolution and healing that only a priest can bring.


Interesting… thank you. Tend to agree with your earlier post though, as I haven’t been able to find any visual depictions of him holding a lantern.


I was going strictly from my first visual impressions. Between the hair and the baggy dress, it reminded me of St. John Vianney. I’ve been seeing him a lot lately since I’m a member of his spiritual family’s FB page and his feast day just passed.


That is hard to argue against! Good find.


I reckon you’re right… and it’s definitely a priest as you can see the stole.


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