A bird in the hand wax seal necklace pendant … a rustic and wonderful medieval falconer.
"A bird in hand is worth two in the bush" meaning it's better to have a lesser but certain advantage than the possibility of a greater one that may come to nothing.
This proverb refers back to medieval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey).
- description -
A falconers arm clad in a protective gauntlet or glove, on the right, gripping the jesses of a falcon facing right. This is surrounded by a legend, in Lombardic script, that begins with a six pointed star followed by “FALCV IEU IL” but I’ve left spaces for the letters that I cannot identify, some due to corrosion after spending centuries in the ground before being unearthed.
- symbolism -
In heraldry, the falcon or hawk is symbolic of one who does not rest until objective achieved.
Hand cast from a medieval wax seal that dates back to the 14th century, shown in the photo.
- approximate measurement - 5/8" (17mm)
- wax seal charm metal - fine silver (.999 pure and recycled silver)
- photographed with an old US dime for scale
- chain - a sterling silver cable chain with a spring ring clasp.
- select the necklace chain length or just the charm at checkout.
Impressed with history!
*Falconry is hunting by means of a trained bird of prey. The falconer must train the wild bird of prey to obey, with whistles and calls, to fly free, hunt for him/her and then accept a return to captivity. People have been involved in the art, or sport, of falconry since before Medieval times. It’s said to be the oldest recorded sport although the first falconers were innovative hunters and thinkers, and hunting for food with a trained bird was simply a way of life, but by the middle ages it also became an extremely popular sport.
King Henry VIII was an avid falconer as was Mary Queen of Scots.