Specialty Irish & Highland Dance Gifts
THISTLE SET OF 3
Our Scottish thistle stamps are best sellers, so we've made a new set that includes our full-sized thistle stamp plus 2 mini stamps with different thistle designs.
All stamps are brand new from Highlander Celtic Stamps, experts in Celtic-themed imagery.
The large thistle stamp is made of high-grade red rubber, mounted on a thick maplewood block. It's indented on the sides to give a firm grip. The image size is 1-1/2"" by 1-3/4" and features a classic Scottish thistle.
The 2 mini stamps are made of red rubber mounted on 2" long dowel pegs, as shown above. The images sizes are 1/2"
Great for scrapbooking and papercrafting of all kinds...invitations, hand-made cards, special note paper, envelope decoration, gift tags and more.
A tale about the Scottish thistle:
The prickly purple thistle was adopted as the Emblem of Scotland during the rein of Alexander III (1249 -1286). Legend has it that an Army of King Haakon of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots landed at the Coast of Largs at night to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removed their footwear.
As they drew near to the Scots it wasn't the only thing hiding under the cover of darkness. For one of Haakon's men unfortunately stood on one of these spiny little defenders and shrieked out in pain, alerting the Clansmen of the advancing Norsemen. Needless to say the Scots who won the day.
The first use of the Thistle as a royal symbol of Scotland was on silver coins issued by James III in 1470