Welcome your neighbors with this vintage Pennsylvania Dutch distlefink hex sign.
Birds, hearts, flowers and leaves are common elements used in hex signs. The birds, called 'distlefinks', based on the European Goldfinch, represent good luck and happiness. This particular sign has one stylized bird atop a heart with tulips and leaves and is sure to turn a few heads with the bright bold colors and graphic design.
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 space.
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. Other artists, such as Ivan Hoyt and Johnny Ott dedicated their lives to preserving the work of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. (More information on hex signs here.)
- ONE vintage wooden hex sign featuring a distelfink, heart, tulips and leaves with blue border (as shown)
Good vintage condition with overall wear consistent with age and use. The base is a wooden masonite disk with the design is painted on one side. Surface wear includes minor scratches, marks, fading, areas of discoloration, edge wear, soil and residue. Three nail holes are present in the middle of disk, top, bottom. Unsigned; possibly a design of Ivan Hoyt. Dated to the 1980s. A lovely example of combined heritage, art and beauty.