Reimagined Components: Vintage made in USA Russwin key blank with upcycled bull skull and feather earring pendant. It is strung on a 24" 4mm brass boxcar chain.
Components Found in: Long Beach CA
1888's Take: "High atop the dry beams of a vineyard barn you wait for night to break. The deepest black eyes open slowly and purposefully surrounded by an other worldly white face...you know one thing for certain. The hunt begins. Wings of tan, brown and white spread wide as you glide into the darkness. You follow the same airy trails night after night ...including the one with the ever frozen black river, loud with land ships that to you are great beasts with eyes like suns that can break the darkness... Your prey spotted at the edge of the river...and without logic instinct tells you to dive and catch. Your flight path in free fall your first meal of the night will soon be yours...loud noise...parallel suns...screeching spinning feet of the beast...collision.... Once you were a great winged hunter and this was your land. " - Nathan
~Keys / Locks~
The right key can unlock the door to a lover’s heart, a new and bright opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, a chest of treasure or secrets or even change time itself by the winding of an old grandfather clock…
Historically, Companies like PF Corbin (known for their beautifully engraved “Carded keys”) or the Tower company (1865 founder John Tower) who was responsible for the first metal handcuff, can serve as a reminder that there is beauty in having the key to free ourselves…but taking the first step through the door is entirely up to you…one key one lock…but what’s on the other side of the door is infinite possibility.
~Bull, Long Horn~
I remember my first job working on a beef farm…the powerful bulls snorting in the cold morning air…their long horns like great dawn sabers…ready…stoic…solid…yet with the great beating of a warm and kind mammal heart resonating its low rhythms to the pasture below, the sky above and its herd to the sides. Let us never forget the respect that such animals deserve for their gifts and sacrifices to humankind.
Because of its virility, power, & regal presence, the bull has been a symbol of divine power, agriculture, sport & respect in many cultures.
My mother always said that if you find a feather it’s a symbol that you are on your true path, you should pick it up & keep it for luck on your journey. Commonly has represented everything from the center of the cosmos to luck. Used in countless cultures around the globe for rituals, ceremonies, as a status symbol or even a plain ol' writing tool the feather can also be a symbol of versatility. The Navajo Indians used hawk and eagle feathers to make their “Headdress of feathers”. Only warriors who had displayed extraordinary bravery were allowed to wear it. In the stories created by our jewelry, 1888's feathers represent freedom & the need to soar towards passion. Oh, & a little good luck never hurts.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.