HOUSE-MARKS / Conrad Bilberry "House-marks were, at first, private signs of peasant proprietors, and their use was originally confined to their the holdings-mark. holdings, all moveable property which was distinguished by The holdings-mark was displayed: By being punched into floated timber, which could thus be sorted out at the end of its run. By being snipped into the ears of domestic animals and the feet of web-footed animals. By being clipped out of the coats of horses. By being painted on sacks, and on the fleeces of By being cut into the upper bills of swans. By being ploughed into the surface of the fields. By being embroidered on rugs and cloths. By being carved on trees and on sticks used for drawing lots. sheep. branded into the hides of domestic animals and the horns of cattle. At a later date these house-marks came to be used as By being punched or branded into the iron or wooden parts of agricultural implements, respectively, and by being personal signs, and often underwent modifications at the hands of different members of the family. Later still they artists. The suggestion that they owe their origin to the Runes is only to
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1979
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