Pineapple Welcome Plaque

Pineapple Welcome Plaque

Item #: 112077
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Greet visitors with the classic symbol of hospitality. The plaque is first painted, then embellished with a handsome pineapple print and finished with a weather-resistant sealer for display indoors or in a protected outdoor location. Recessed keyhole hanger. 15 5/8"h x 10"w x 1/2"d. Handmade in Yorktown, Virginia.

Please specify inscription up to 12 letters (included in price).

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The Pineapple in 18th Century America

Americans of the colonial era would have recognized the pineapple as a symbol with many meanings. The most noticeable pineapple could have been seen on the signs of the confectioners’ shops, probably because the earliest imported pineapples crossed the Atlantic packed in sugar.

None but the wealthiest and worldliest Americans could afford to import and purchase the tropical fruit, thus implying a certain social and economic status. And since the host who served the rare and extravagant fruit would have been viewed as particularly generous, the pineapple may also have been a symbol of hospitality and cordiality.

The pineapple was present at Jefferson’s Monticello not primarily as a food, for we know of only two Jeffersonian purchases of the fruit, but rather as a decorative motif. Recent archaeological excavations on Mulberry Row, the center of light industry at Monticello, have unearthed an English Staffordshire pearlware bowl dating from about 1795 and decorated with a pineapple.

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We will wrap your gift in white gift paper, trimmed with red Jefferson signature ribbon and a bow, and include a hand written gift message. The charge is $6.95 per item.

Each item will be wrapped and charged individually. You cannot elect to have multiple quantities wrapped together when ordering through our website. If you wish to do so, please call us at 1-800-243-1743 to place your order.

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