A Good Quality c.1940 Dome Cased Taxidermy Magpie on Ebonised Plinth

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…