Origin: English Period: Early/Mid Twentieth Century Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1930-50 Height: 17.5 inches (the whole) Height: 14.5 inches (mount) Base Width: 14 inches
The stuffed and mounted magpie perched on a naturalistic rocky outcrop under a good quality Victorian glass dome and raised on an ebonised plinth socle base survives preserved from the early to mid twentieth century.
One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret never to be told.
So the superstition goes that seeing one magpie constitutes as bad luck, but saluting to the magpie apparently counteracts this. We salute you, sir; and why wouldn’t we you handsome chap you…