The Boar's Head Feast is probably the oldest continuing festival of the Winter season. This pageant is rooted in ancient times when the boar was sovereign of the forest. A ferocious beast, and menace to humans, it was hunted as a public enemy. At Roman feasts, boar was the first dish served. As Christian beliefs overtook pagan customs in Europe, the presentation of a boar's head at Winter came to symbolise the triumph of the Child of Christ over sin.
This specific object is a wall-mounted boar's head for a pub or even an advertising sign for Gordon's gin (image left). If you take a look at the lid or label of any bottle of Gordon's gin you'll find a boar's head. Legend has it that a member of the Gordon clan saved the King of Scotland from a wild boar when out hunting. Ever since, the ancestors of Alexander Gordon sported a boar's head on their coat of arms.
holiday meals or Sunday roasts in your family, then you'll
need a good carving knife. A carving knife is much thinner
than a chef's knife and you can be a bit more precise with
your cuts. A sharpening steel is essential in any kitchen.
For a limited time we have an intriguing carving set which
dates back to 1896. This set epitomises the true style of
carving. Comprising a Sheffield steel knife, fork and
sharpening steel (image above). The fork has a sprung
knife guard set in the handle for added safety. Silver plated ferrules and a silver designed cap lend supreme elegance to the match stag horn handles. Complete with hand crafted oak original case. We believe this charming piece won't last long.
So escape the cold and dig in! Come visit us at Greene & Greene Antiques, Woollahra.