Wildpig Pours: Skull & Crossbones Round with a fractional assortment
“Black birds tend to like shiny things” ~ The Bloody Raven
With ship repairs underway draining away my fiat reserves, It’s back to the pirate routine and try to clear up some of the the backlog of shiny only to get another huge package from Nyssacat.
Today’s pirate pick is again Wildpig Pours recalling the Easter post of the Seafarer’s Faith & Prayer cross and my silver Flintlock pistol with the Assassin’s creed silver round.
Keep in mind these are of his earlier warm up works, his more recent creations are far better.
1709? “It’s just a number on the original die.” Says Wildpig Pours, formerly California Wild Pig.
Then there’s no harm in checking it as a date, only to find out that the year marked a mini European Ice age otherwise 1709 smacks right in the middle of the Golden Age of Pirates 1650 to 1730 according to Wiki, 1700 to 1725 in the Caribbean and Atlantic shipping corridor as framed by Thoughtco.
As a footnote, three pirate Captains used a similar Skull & Crossbones configuration; Edward England, John Martel, and Samuel Bellamy. ☠️
The jawless Skull & femur Crossbones to be exact resembles the famous or infamous Yale University's ‘Secret Organization’ Skull & Crossbones Order 322. 🤔
Arrrh! Tis intriguing.
Next are what appears to be an unfamiliar seal of the US Armed forces? I could be mistaken but I vaguely recall similar pours like this were made by a group of artisans for Memorial Day in support of Veterans. A noble endeavor I say.
In doing some digging around I found it’s original inspiration, it is only a partial imprint of a US Governmental Service lapel pin and not military as I guessed. The original has a lower banner to indicate any Governmental division which could be; Selective Services, Treasury, etc. as in this case Government.
There is Fractional, and then there is pull out the magnifying glass for these tiny 1-gram skulls! “These are hard to make, but fun.” Replied WPP.
I could best image is a dozen or so of these tiny skulls poured in trees for each pour. Snapping each off, filing down the flashing, burnish by hand or better yet with a Dremel with a polishing wheel, toning by hand, then with a steady hand stamping each on the back without the skull flying off in some direction. One could lose a few at this final stage.
He must be passionate about this craft if WPP still found it fun after making say … a painstaking dozen?
Why Fractional Silver?
The ability to make change is a long practiced one to avoid overspending on a product and service one does not need. At times Pirates did break their 8 Reals into halves, quarters or even in eights for transacting for low value goods.
With that Spanish 8 Reals, you may end up buying drinks for the house.
Today, with a reasonable chance of a disorderly economic reset, preppers and stackers accumulate some Constitutional silver coin as a ready and suitable emergency currency as the economy transitions from the old to the new system.
The ability to make change means the difference between building the wealth for a pirate and being a poor pirate! ~ Bob the Pirate, author of Rich Pirate, Poor Pirate.☠️
“I save in silver, gold and Hive!” says the Bloody Raven, how do you save?
The #piratesunday tag is the scurvy scheme of Captain @stokjockey for #silvergoldstackers pirates to proudly showcase their shiny booty and plunder for all to see. Landlubbers arrrh… welcomed to participate and be a Pirate at heart so open yer treasure chests an’ show us what booty yea got!
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