P283 A Pewter Penknife. A unique gift, this is the perfect piece for any gentleman.
A classic Irish motif, the Shamrock has been recognized as the symbol of Ireland for centuries. It is said that Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, used the shamrock to describe the Holy Trinity - The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit - each represented by a leaf.
The design is that of the Claddagh taken from the famous love symbol designed in the town of Claddagh, Co. Galway by Richard Joyce back in the year 1689. The design is often used for wedding rings as it is based on the ring that Richard made for his bride to be. The symbolism's are "hands for friendship", "heart for love" and "crown for loyalty".
The Celtic designs seen on our products are taken from the Kells manuscripts, the most famous Irish artifact. Celtic symbols and designs have been around for centuries, and were first found on Ogham stones, in manuscripts drawn/written by the monks or in old monasteries around Ireland.
'Ireland' embossed motif on our penknife.