In the Victorian Era, gentleman farmers used selective breeding to create fast-growing, heavy livestock. Plump cows, massive pigs, and large sheep were prized as proof of their owners’ success in breeding. Even Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, began showing off his prized pigs and cattle. Pigs came to symbolize happiness, prosperity and good luck, thereby popularizing a style of lucky charm.
These 3 individually sold English charms are fashioned in bog oak (one with green bead eyes) and an iridescent mother of pearl. Each has been hand carved and hangs from a 10k gold bail.
Bog Oak is rather a term that designates oak that has been buried in a peat bog for hundreds or sometimes thousands of years. The extremely low oxygen conditions of the bog protect the wood from normal decay, while the underlying peat provides acidic conditions where iron salts and other minerals react with the tannins in the wood, gradually giving it a distinct dark brown to almost black color.
Dimensions of each, not including bail:
- bog oak - 22mm x 12.5
- bog oak with green eyes - 21mm x 12mm
- mother of pearl - 23.5mm x 13mm
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