It is said that the thistle became the national emblem thanks to a raiding Viking army. During the reign of Scottish King Alexander III in the mid 1200's, King Haakon of Norway sent his army to go a'conquering in Scotland. Under cover of night, the invaders drew near to the sleeping Scots they intended to vanquish... after having removed their footwear to ensure quite. And (yes, you guessed it!) a hapless Viking warrior stepped on the spiny guardian of the highlands and yelped in pain!
Now awake, the hearty Scottish clansman threw themselves into the battle, and were soon victorious! Ever since, the thistle has remained a symbol of Scotland and Scottish pride in their homeland.
Please Note: I create each piece of Sealed in Time jewelry one-at-a-time by hand. Slight variances are natural, and are part of the joy of a hand-crafted piece of jewelry! Your Thistle seal will be created with the actual 1820s seal matrix that once made wax impressions on letters!