Bestow good luck on your home with our vintage Pennsylvania Dutch shamrock hex sign. One of the most popular hex designs is the Dutch Irish. Complete with the traditional green shamrock, this lovely sign was designed by Jacob Zook.
Birds, hearts, tulips and leaves are common elements used in hex signs. The birds, called 'distlefinks' represent good luck and happiness. This particular sign contains a large green shamrock surrounded by two distlefinks signifying a double measure of good fortune, 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 green shamrock, two distelfinks, heart, tulips and leaves with green 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 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. Signed Jacob Zook on the front. Dated to the 1980s. A lovely example of combined heritage, art and beauty.