What is significant about the Pineapple? How did it become the symbol of hospitality? Why do we decorate our homes with Pineapples?
The Pineapple originated in South America where it became a valuable object of trade and commerce because of its intense sweetness. It was called “anana” or “excellent fruit” and was originally transported by dugout canoe navigators to the Caribbean Islands, then later by sailing ships to Europe. Pineapples became a prized culinary favorite on every continent.
The pineapple took on special symbolic meaning in the American colonies. The small homes in the primitive towns and settlements were the primary means of entertainment, cultural intercourse, and news broadcasting. So hospitality was a major element of the society’s daily life. A hostess’s ability to serve luscious pineapple for a social event said a great deal about her resourcefulness as well as the extent of her generous hospitality.
Pineapple symbols began to be hammered into copper and bronze weather vanes atop important public buildings. Pineapples were sculpted onto door lintels, stenciled onto walls and canvas mats, and woven into fabric tablecloths, napkins, draperies, and rugs. Whole pineapples were carved of wood, and delicate pineapples were painted and fired on the finest china. Thus, the enduring icon of the pineapple became the symbol of our founding society’s commitment to hospitality as well as its fondest memories of families, friends, and good times around the dining room table.
In the spirit of the artisans of the past, Peter Costello has sculpted the pineapple symbol in a wide assortment of Pineapple cabinet knobs, pulls, and hardware that will enhance your home with this warm and inviting symbol of hospitality:
- Pineapple cabinet knobs in small and medium size with a single post design
- Large pineapple pull/handle created in a vertical design with double posts
- Pineapple towel hooks
- Pineapple drapery tie backs
- Pineapple hand towel/toilet paper hangers
- Pineapple towel bar with custom widths from 10”-32”
Each knob and pull is cast in lead-free pewter, polished to a fine sheen, and available in 3 finishes. Our standard brushed nickel finish, high polished chrome finish for a bright and contemporary flair, and a dark bronze finish applied with durable powder coat technology.
Extend the spirit of hospitality to your guests with the charm of Pineapple cabinet knobs and pulls from www.SeaLifeCabinetKnobs.com!