WWI Battle Beads - Byzantine Orthodox

Frequently Bought Together

Small Rosary Tin - Silver or Brass Color
Ave Maria Gratia Plena Rosary Rings - Beautiful Pocket Rosary Ring
Back in Stock! 
Historical 1916 WWI Service Combat Rosary design
  • New beautiful Byzantine Orthodox style Crucifix
  • Italian Heart Cross centerpiece - Beautiful Quality
  • Strong construction handmade in our studio
  • Silver finish chains (nickel free brass)
  • Great weight and feel
  • Double looped Split ring connectors so rosary won't pull apart
  • Optional medals may be added (up to 4)
  • Over 4700 5-Star ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reviews
  • Includes a Free round storage container


This compact all-metal rosary is rugged, functional, and portable.  It has a meaningful history, as it is a replica of the service combat rosaries issued by the government to soldiers, sailors, and flying aces during WWI. This newest style has a beautiful and highly detailed Byzantine Crucifix. These WWI Battle Beads rosaries are the closest replica available to the vintage antique service combat rosaries from 1916!

The Our Father beads are slightly larger to aid in meditative prayer.  You can feel where you are as you move through prayers and at 21" long, they are wearable but still bunch up small enough to carry in your pocket.  

Although the WWI Battle Beads Rosary is rugged enough to carry in your pocket, we do include a small round storage container for portability and storage.

As with all Rugged Rosaries, you may add optional medals. We recommend only adding up to 4. Some of our photos show an optional medal attached. 

You can read more about the original antique WWI service rosary HERE.

The Pardon Crucifix grants indulgences.  For more information about the Pardon Crucifix, you can download a printable .pdf file about it by clicking HERE

Thank you for shopping and God Bless.



Customer Reviews

Based on 4845 reviews
Barre F. (Brooklyn, US)
Very Beautiful and compact

This is a bright silver finish. I bought this for my great-grandson. I love the simple cross. This is a smaller cross than the usual versions which works well with the Rosary. It is wearable. I know this is going to be something he will appreciate in the years to come. The Rosary is very masculine which I like. In the end, it is not how it looks but what it brings to one's walk with Jesus. The Rugged Rosaries draw you into a deep faith. They are also a witness to those who think God is dead. Rugged Rosaries is a very honorable company. I have more than a dozen Rosaries from them and have given away many to those to recognize their value.


Love this rosary, feels a little cheap but the cross makes up for it.

Stephen C. (Frankfort, US)
Beautifully Rugged

The attention to detail coupled with the quality of product, this gift was appreciated immediately. Highly recommend you to all family and friends!

Thank you, and Peace be with each of you!

Michael C. (Detroit, US)

This is the second rosary I’ve bought. I got this one for my dad because he somehow always ended up with a 9 beaded rosary. These rosaries won’t break. Got the tin to go with it for that extra protection

David (Totowa, US)
Amazing quality

Amazing quality and feel!

Barbara E.B. (Exeter, US)
Beautiful Rosary Beads

I ordered these in memory of a friend who just passed away and was a Veteran. Your workmanship is wonderful! The somber color of the gunmetal finish serves to remind us of the original reason for issuing these to our troops in WWI. I highly recommend these to anyone who wants to honor a family member in the service or to someone in the Knights of Columbus. I'm sure our Mother in heaven approves. Thanks for asking.

Samuel C. (West Springfield, US)

Sturdy and well made

David G. (Cornwall, CA)
Dear to my heart

The service and product I received were nothing short of excellent. Will certainly recommend your company to my K of C brothers..

Shipping Policy
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We offer a free Standard shipping option for domestic USA orders of $60.00 or more.
We offer free Priority shipping for domestic USA orders of $200.00 or more.

On orders in the USA we offer the following rates which you can choose in the checkout process. In addition, we offer a free shipping option on orders of $60.00 or more.
The US Postal Service starts counting these days on the day after the item is received by the post office. We have found that orders going to the lower 48 states usually arrive within 3 or 4 days using standard but is not guaranteed.
  • USPS Standard  (5 - 10 days) for orders of $60.00 or more:  FREE
  • USPS Standard  (5 - 10 days) for orders up to $7.98:  $3.90
  • USPS Standard  (5 - 10 days) for orders over $7.99:   $6.90
  • USPS Priority  (2 - 4 business days): from  $11.90 - $16.50
  • USPS Priority Express (1 - 2 business days):  $32.50
  • UPS Ground (5 - 10 days):  $12.50
Note that orders over $120.00 may have higher priority and express shipping costs depend on weight and packaging sizes.


Shipping rates to Canada vary with size of order but begin at $15.00 USD.
Economy Intl is $15.00 USD - 6 to 10 days. (Larger orders up to $23.00 USD).
Express Intl is $26.50 USD - 3 to 5 days.  (Larger orders up to $32.00 USD).



We are also offering DHL Worldwide Express now. For some countries, this is the only option. Although DHL costs more, it has proven to be faster and more reliable. Costs will vary as shown at checkout. Costs begin at $25.20 USD.

All customs duties and import taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Rugged Rosaries offers a generous 90-day R-R-R guarantee:

  • R - Replace
  • R - Repair
  • R - Refund

If your order does not meet your expectations for any reason, we are happy to work with you to either send a replacement, do an exchange, accept returns for refund, or repairs.

We even do exchanges for copycat competitors' similar products!


If you would like to return an item for any reason within 90 days of your purchase date, and you are in the USA, then you can qualify for FREE EASY RETURNS. Just visit our return portal here:


If 90 days have gone by since your purchase, or if you are not in the USA, please email us at support@ruggedrosaries.com.

If you do not wish to use the FREE EASY USA RETURN portal, ship your item with a note that includes your name, email, and message as to why you wish to return your item, to the address below. When using this method, returns are accepted for any reason within 90 days of your purchase date. Please note we cannot refund return shipping costs.

Rugged Rosaries - Returns
6363 Richmond Ave. Suite 450
Houston, Texas 77057


Once your return is received and processed, we will send you an email to notify you that a refund has been applied to your credit card or original method of payment. Although we issue the refund immediately, it might take a few business days to appear on your credit card. Please note we cannot refund return shipping costs.

Sale items (if applicable)

Only regular priced items may be refunded. Unfortunately, sale items cannot be refunded.


We are also happy to exchange rosaries in new condition within a reasonable amount of time. Please email us at support@ruggedrosaries.com if you wish to make an exchange. In your email, just tell us which rosary you would like instead. We can send you the new rosary, along with a prepaid return label to make it simple to return the original rosary.

Exchanges from OTHER Companies - Dupe Swaps

If you purchased a similar product from another company such as a paracord rosary, or a WWI style combat rosary, and for whatever reason, you have a problem with it - We will take care of you! Maybe the other company doesn't have good customer service or maybe you bought a cheaper imported mass-produced copy (see about them here). We can exchange the product for one of our beautiful handmade rosaries. Why would we do this? Please read about our Exchanges from Other Companies HERE.


Please see how to get a rosary repaired/restrung by clicking HERE.

Please email us if you have any questions: support@ruggedrosaries.com.