Welcome your neighbors with this original Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign. This colorful example of vintage folk art is sure to turn a few heads with the bright bold colors and graphic design.
Birds, hearts and leaves are common elements used in hex signs. This well known design was often seen on home entryways above the front door. The birds, called 'distlefinks', represent happiness and good fortune. This particular sign has two birds, hence double the luck.
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. (More information on hex signs here.)
- ONE vintage wooden hex sign featuring two birds, hearts, tulips and leaves (as shown)
Good vintage condition with overall wear consistent with age and outdoor 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. In addition, this sign shows peeling, flaking and yellowing of the top coat which was applied to protect the design. Nail hole present in the middle of disk. Unsigned. Dated to the 1960s. A lovely example of combined heritage, art and beauty.