About this Piece
According to Irish tradition, having a traditional St Brigid's Cross (or 'Cros Bríde') over an entryway will provide your home protection from harm. This cross is associated with Saint Brigid of Kildare, one of Ireland's most celebrated patron saints, and a pioneering Christian nun (and later abbess). She has become as iconic as St Patrick or the Irish shamrock, with her crosses being found in many Irish homes.
Approx. 8" diameter.
The Legend of St Brigid
She founded many convents and monasteries throughout Ireland, as well as a school for art. She became a folk heroine, with any miracles, relics, and mythical stories associated with her name. Today, making a 'St Brigid's cross' is an Irish custom at the start of Spring on February 1st - St Brigid's Day, traditionally made out of rushes.
About the Maker
In 1974, Paddy Collins revived the ancient craft of pewter manufacturing in Ireland, establishing his workshop in Mullingar, County Westmeath. Pewter has existed since ancient Egyptian and Roman times (as an alloy of tin mixed mainly with copper and antimony), and came to Ireland 800 years ago, becoming fashionable among the wealthy and for ceremonial purposes. Mullingar Pewter combines traditional handcrafted techniques that take many years to perfect, along with modern advances (modern pewter no longer contains lead, for instance), producing wonderful heritage gifts.