Turn your ‘house into a home’ with this welcoming wooden pineapple sign!
“The pineapple is recognized as a traditional expression of “welcome” throughout the South and in areas along the Eastern Seaboard. Appearing on all sorts of décor – from door knockers to quilts – the fruit symbolizes those intangible assets we appreciate in a home: warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality.
But how did the exotic fruit find its way here? It boils down to a matter of trade. You see, when the pineapple was introduced to Europe in 1493, it was an instant success! As a food item and horticultural curiosity, the fruit’s sweet taste and unique appearance made it one of the many wonders Christopher Columbus brought back from the New World. However, bringing it back is exactly what Europeans had to do for the next 200 years.
Colonial America fell in love with the pineapple, and over time its symbolic message of hospitality remained with us. Today the motif is still celebrated as a design element – in architecture, as well as through embellishments on furniture, china, ornaments and linens.
Today you can find fine examples of this detail throughout many historic homes and estates, especially in the South. Be sure to particularly look around main entrances and walkways, where guests would be most likely to pass or linger. Two favorite pineapple locations were the pediment or transom over the front door, and finials on or around the front gate. And if you look carefully around the inside of these old homes, it’s not uncommon to find the pineapple cleverly carved in areas around the main foyer, staircase and fireplace mantles – again, places where visitors would tend to gather.”
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