Pineapple Scissors

$20.00

Pineapple Scissors ( c) - original copyright design - 3 inch sharp to the tip - gold and silver finish

The pineapple is native to South America, and was named because of its resemblance to a pine cone.  Discovered on Guadeloupe in 1493, Christopher Columbus called the fruit "pine of the Indians".  Magellan found pineapples in Brazil in 1519.  When George Washington tasted pineapple in 1751 in Barbados, it became his favorite tropical fruit.  Captain James Cook later introduced the pineapple to Hawaii in the 1770's.  The fruit was soon being exported, shipped via root suckers and became a luxury.  For American colonists, it became a symbol of the ultimate hospitality, signaling welcome to all comers.  Visiting was the primary entertainment in the colonies so hospitality was an essential element.  The pineapple gave the hostess social standing and importance, and was often served as dessert.  Beds and other items of decor were carved with the pineapple as a further indication of welcome.  The pineapple on samplers symbolizes hospitality and welcome.


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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 08 December, 2009.

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