Original U.S. WWII US Army Chaplain Corps Catholic / Protestant Portable Altar Set With Original Contents

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Set Available. This chaplain kit was originally designed for use by Catholic or liturgical Protestant chaplains and consists of a variety of items that are essential for conducting religious services in a mobile setting. The most notable item in the kit is a reversible cross, which features the corpus on one side and the "IHS" symbol on the other. This cross is a vital component of the kit, as it allows the chaplain to conduct services for both Catholic and Protestant congregations.

In addition to the reversible cross, the kit also includes several other items that are essential for conducting religious services. These items include a chalice with an intinction insert, which is used for the distribution of the Eucharist, a ciborium, which is used for the storage of the Eucharist, a lavabo bowl, which is used for washing the hands, a paten, which is used for holding the bread during the Eucharist, two candlesticks, which are used for lighting candles during the service, and a small container with individual cups, which are used for distributing the wine during the Eucharist.

Most of the metal items in the kit are marked with the letters "US," which indicates that they were made in the United States for the Military. The kit is designed to be portable, so that it can be easily transported to different locations, such as military bases, hospitals, and other places where chaplains may be needed to provide religious services.

Upon close inspection, it is evident that the kit has been well taken care of over the years. The tarnishing and plating loss are typical signs of aging, but there are no significant scratches, dents, or damages present. The kit appears to be complete at a glance, although there are a few noticeable items missing, such as the bottles for wine and water, as well as the paten. Despite these missing pieces, the kit is in excellent condition overall and would make a great addition to any collection. The case measures approximately 22 1/4" x 15" x 7 1/4".

Comes more than ready for further research and display.

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