This is a life cast of a raven's claw with a hand carved raven motif mounting plated. I cast it in solid bronze here in New York City, USA.
Specs : Claw is 4 inches long from claw tip to the base. (10 cm) It's almost an inch wide (23mm). The Viking raven motif base is 1 1/2 inches (38mm) wide. The screw points are positioned so you can easily mount it with a drill and driver bit.
Uses: This is a pretty heavy duty piece of hardware. You could simply use it to hang your keys, necklaces,rings or a heavy bag. Maybe you have a hat collection. There are so many uses for this one. It's a great detail for a Gothic themed room or your house in the country. Please do be careful and mount it high as it pointy.
Where did I get a raven's claw to cast ? There is this really cool store in Northern California called Gothic Rose Antiques. The lady who owns it had contacted me a year or so ago about casting a couple raven claws for her store. I guess this claw was from a very old taxidermy raven that was kind of coming apart.
The raven was a common device used by the Vikings. Ragnar Lodbrok had a raven banner called Reafan, embroidered with the device of a raven. It was said that if this banner fluttered, Lodbrok would carry the day, but if it hung lifeless the battle would be lost. King Harald Hardrada also had a raven banner, called Landeythan (land-waster). The bird also appears in the folklore of the Isle of Man, a former Viking colony, and it is used as a symbol on their coat of arms.
The Celts believed that Crow was an omen of death and conflict. She was associated with death transitions. Another belief was that the birds were faeries who shape-shifted to cause troubles. Magickal qualities included bringing knowledge, shape-shifting, eloquence, prophecy, boldness, skill, knowledge, cunning, trickery and thievery.
In the Middle Ages, people believed that sorcerers and witches used the symbol of Crow’s foot to cast death spells.
In most of England, seeing a solitary crow meant anger, but in Northamptonshire, it meant ill fortune. Crow, cawing in a hoarse voice, meant bad weather. A death omen was a crow cawing thrice as it flew over a house. The Irish believed that Crow flocking in trees, but not nesting were souls from Purgatory. Finding a dead crow was a sign of good fortune. Russians believed that witches took the shape of Crow.
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