Reimagined Components: Antique bone throwing dart tip, spent .22 bullet casing with diamond and spade playing card charms strung on 22" brown leather.
1888's Take: Years ago a man or woman held the slender shaft connected to this throwing dart tip, closed one eye and took aim at the red and black numbered board hanging on a wall. Not too long after that, someone loaded this bullet into the chamber of a rifle, closed one eye and lined up the target through the sites..what these two people needed was not only skill but luck. Life is always an interplay of the things we can control and those things we cannot. The third element however is belief...if we truly believe we are lucky then we are...believe you are not and you won't be. Chance favors the believer.
Bullets symbolize a strong resolve and preparedness for life’s challenges, but 1888’s favorite and intended meaning is that the bullet you wear is the one that was intended for you. Wearing it around your neck gives you back the ability to control your own destiny & doubles as a symbol of protection.
~Claws, Teeth, Bones~
The claws, teeth, and bones of wild animals have historically been worn as symbols of prowess & social standing. Deep admiration was given to those who could kill the most fearsome of beasts. It's no longer a necessity for most of us to hunt for our survival, so the wearing of claws, teeth, & bones has become symbolic of overcoming great obstacles despite our fears & connecting with our inner animal as we charge forth the evolution of the spirit.
~Ace of Spade~
The history of the modern spade symbol came from somewhere around the 14th century. The French simplified their suited playing card to the spade symbol that we recognize today based off of the original Latin suit of the sword- the spade is a portrayal of the head of the spike. The sword, and therefore, the spade, were representational of nobility and military. In fact, in 17th century Britain, King James I ordered all packs of suited playing cards to display the insignia of a member of a noble house on each spade card.
~Diamond Playing Card~
It’s thought that the diamond suite was a French adaptation from the older German Acorn symbol changed to suite the French upper class as a more worthy symbol of their status in society. Card playing was for a time a recreation for the most wealthy and privileged members of French society.
DISCLAIMER: Any and all animal specimens that we use in our designs are ethically sourced, either found in nature predeceased by natural causes or sourced from an ethical handler. WE NEVER HARM OR KILL ANIMALS FOR THE SAKE OF OUR ART. The purpose of including animal remains in our designs is to honor the animal's being and speak upon the lessons they teach us in life.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in one of our designs. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.