Colorful, whimsical, folksy describe this delightful vintage Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign designed by Jacob Zook. Large enough to hang outside on a barn or shed, this beauty will turn a few heads, bless your homestead and welcome - or 'Wilkum' - your neighbors.
Birds, hearts, stars and leaves are common elements used in hex signs. The stylized birds, called 'distlefinks', represent happiness and good fortune. And who doesn't need some of that?
Some believe the hex sign to be powerful symbols offering protection and abundance for the owner's family and homestead, while others see them as purely decorative. Either way, original folk art always adds charm and positivity to your home or garden.
Hex History: Barn paintings in the form of 'stars in circles' began to appear in the early 19th century in rural communities made up of German immigrants. These art works were hand painted on walls, doors, bibles and furniture. Jacob Zook, an 11th generation Pennsylvania Dutchman, began experimenting with silk screened designs in 1942 to sell to tourists at a modest price. (More information on hex signs here.)
- ONE large 24" vintage wooden hex sign featuring a distlefink, heart, tulips and leaves; red border and large white 'Wilkum' (as shown)
Very good vintage condition with overall wear consistent with age and use. The base is a wooden masonite disk and the design is silk screened on one side. Surface wear includes minor scratches, marks, fading, areas of discoloration, edge wear, soil and residue. Nail hole present in the middle of disk to hang. Unsigned. Dated to around the 1980s or earlier. Includes an old taped message on the back explaining the meaning of the design. A lovely example of combined heritage, art and beauty.