Shamrock Cead Mile Failte Plaque
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- Made in Ireland by the master craftsmen at Mullingar Pewter, our plaque is made of lead-free, tarnish-resistant pewter of the highest quality. Today, Mullingar Pewter employs traditional methods in casting and assembling pieces, and their artisans pay particular attention to the delicate points of hand finishing their products.
Polished to a high shine, our beautiful plaque gives you the stunning look of sterling silver while maintaining the ready hardiness of fine pewter. Polished pewter is resistant to tarnish, rust, and corrosion (unlike other metals), so it will keep its shine for years to come.
Measuring 8.5 inches long by 6 inches wide, our plaque is small enough to fit in a cozy alcove but large enough to catch the eyes of your visitors.
With beautiful Celtic lettering and Celtic knots, this stunning plaque makes a wonderful gift for all kinds of occasions, whether for a housewarming, wedding, or “just because.”
- You can proudly display your Irish pride in style with this unique, sophisticated plaque that offers a warm welcome to all who see it, whether you choose to display it in your front hall, your living room, or right outside your front door.
Manufacturer: Mullingar Pewter
We’ve got the most exquisite way to make your guests feel welcome when they come to visit. Make your home inviting from the outside with our lovely Shamrock Cead Mile Failte Plaque, courtesy of the master artisans from Mullingar Pewter. Our plaque features stunning polished pewter molded into the shape of a ribbon and mounted on an oval black-stained wood base. The pewter ribbon features the phrase “Cead Mile Failte” in Celtic lettering, which translates to “a hundred thousand welcomes.” The Irish greeting is framed by elegant Celtic knots and accented with three charming shamrocks for good luck. In addition to keeping its timeless shine, our beautiful pewter plaque, with all its striking color contrasts and elegant design, is a beauty that will bring good luck to your home all year long. It also makes a thoughtful gift for a variety of special occasions—birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and anniversaries. Pewter Pewter is a metal alloy that has been in use for centuries--you can find examples of it in museums that date back to Ancient Egypt and Rome, and Celtic artwork as well. In the Middle Ages it was used in churches and the homes of the wealthy, and over time it became more readily available, commonly used in taverns and for kitchenware. Now, it is considered a precious metal, and is fourth in line behind platinum, gold, and silver. It is popular among jewelry makers for its versatility and durability. The history of Irish pewter goes back at least 800 years, with early craftsmen producing items for domestic use (like plates, goblets, and candlesticks). In the 18th and 19th centuries, with the rising popularity of materials like pottery, porcelain, and glass, pewter’s use declined. It has seen a more recent revival of its former glory (and Mullingar is intrinsic to this revival). Originally, pewter was made from a blend of lead and tin. Today’s pewter is now lead-free, made from a blend of tin, copper, and antimony, and safe for a variety of everyday uses. Part of what makes pewter a great material for household items is its resistance to tarnishing. While other precious metals, like silver, are subject to tarnish and need constant care and upkeep, pewter is a metal of a different resilience. Polished pewter has a highly reflective surface much like sterling silver, and if it is used for decorative purposes, it will easily retain that highly polished sheen. Mullingar Pewter In 1974, Mullingar Pewter revived the ancient craft of Irish pewter, thanks to the dedication of Paddy Collins. Paddy’s son Peter now runs the business, and it employs local artisans from the town of Mullingar in County Westmeath. The company employs highly skilled artisans who are specially trained in the old-fashioned casting methods and produce their pieces in the traditional method. The company applies the highest standards of design and quality in every piece they produce and have received worldwide recognition for their finest grade pewter. Trinity Knots Celtic knots are distinctive symbols, perhaps some of the most recognizable artwork in Celtic history. The knots have been a part of Celtic and Irish artwork for centuries; they first started appearing in history around 450 A.D. There are many possible meanings for the knots--many related to the knots’ endless nature. In the pattern, there is no discernible beginning or ending, which is sometimes said to be a reflection of the timeless nature of the spirit, an uninterrupted life cycle, and the infinite cycle of birth and rebirth in both the physical and spiritual realms. In ancient times, gifts adorned with these mystic knots often bestowed best wishes for longevity of luck with new endeavors--perfect for a housewarming, wedding, or other special occasion.