So said the signal I Passed my way into a company meeting for some reason, once I got home, I chose to read about garden gnomes and discovered there was a history. Early in the 19th Century the very first garden gnomes seemed, in Germany. In roughly 1840, the idea spread to England. Possessing a gnome in the backyard has been generally considered to bring decent luck, in addition to a bountiful harvest. Apparently Sir Charles Ishim, the 10th Baronet of Lamppost Hall, brought around 20 garden gnomes out of Germany – the first to arrive at England. He set up them at the rockery in his backyard. Regrettably only one remains – Lumpy – and it is a sad indication of the times he needs to be covered against theft – to get a thousand pounds.
The figurines were crafted out of terracotta, which stayed the substance of choice up until the 1960s. These clay garden gnomes were frequently cherished, collectible decorations that remained in the household and have been passed down throughout the generations. Philip Grebe and August Heister began mass producing garden gnomes in approximately 1872. In a brief period Heister Gnomes became famous around the world. Much from the tacky picture of the naughty gnomes these were regarded as works of art which brought fortune to the owners. A Massive Quantity of work was frequently put into these ancient statues and a number of them were rather large – up to a meter tall. Though made for the backyard, they have been meticulously crafted. That being said, a lot of the beautiful examples ended up in the houses of wealthy men and women, as home ornaments though I rather believe the gnomes chosen to be where they belonged – in the backyard.
Gnomes really go back a long manner – hundreds of years back they have been generally portrayed as brief, old men with white and wrinkles beards, wearing red blue hats and brown pants. Early gnomes were somewhat serious fellows, and remained so up till Walt Disney’s Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs gave us a peek of what was to come. Paradoxically the new Versions just had a streak of a year or two ago because World War II came along and ceased production in all Europe. It was not until the 60’s the arrival of inexpensive plastics kick-started mass manufacturing again. And countless brightly colored gnomes started invading gardens. Now, there are not many Remaining ceramic gnome producers, with most being produced from vinyl in Eastern Europe and the Far East. Modern suburban Gardeners appear to enjoy gnome statues. They believe and I concur that they make for intriguing, funny gardens.