Vintage Brass Pineapple Paperweight detailed and charming this petite Pineapple makes a perfect paperweight. An irresistible desk accessory to make your workday brighter!
The word 'pineapple' sounds very similar to the Chinese phrase that means 'luck coming your way,' so the pineapple symbol is often viewed as a sign of good luck in some Chinese cultures.
Shaped like a giant pinecone with a voluminous crown, the pineapple immediately commands attention. While it once represented unreachable wealth, the fruit now represents warm welcomes, celebration and hospitality, especially in the South.
Condition appropriate for age and use, just the right amount of patina adds character.
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DIMENSIONS: 3 "H x 1.5" W x 1" D
CIRCA: Mid 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY: Coveted for centuries by kings for its scarcity and stately appearance, and lusted after for its unadulterated meat, the pineapple became a worldwide obsession at the beginning of the 16th century. Europe’s royal houses paid thousands in today’s money for just one fruit to put on display as the centerpiece at their tables. It was the ultimate symbol of wealth and was christened the “King of Fruit”
Beyond its exalted status, mathematicians discovered the pineapple’s prickly skin is a natural Fibonacci sequence, a series of numbers in which each consecutive number is found by adding the two previous numbers together. This fact only seems to enhance the fruit’s genuine allure.
But it also became a shameless emblem of the financial and social inequality between the classes throughout Europe at the height of the tropical fruit’s obsession. A fledgling nation would help bring the pineapple back down to earth and soften its image to that of warm welcomes, celebration and hospitality.