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When I was a kid, I couldn't decide which gas station I loved more, Sinclair or Mobile. On the one hand, there was the green brontosaurus, on the other, the red Pegasus. I think Mobile would have won out if they'd given away Pegasus premiums like Sinclair did. I loved my inflatable green dinosaur float. Now if there had been a flying green brontosaurus...

On a road trip across the country this June, to a friend's wedding on Bath, North Carolina, I found this little red three-dimensional mascot at an antique store in a town in Kansas near where I spent summer vacations with my cousins. Fond memories all over the place. The bronze badge with the words "RED STAR," most likely a fraternal designation of some kind, is the perfect banner to fly over the flying red steed.

The chain measures 18 inches (45.7 cm). The horse and banner add another 1.75 inches to the length, and the banner is 2 inches (5.1 cm) wide.

NOTE: The tips of the banner, which is a solid, hard piece of bronze, can be kind of pokey (not so much stabby, though it's slightly more dangerous than your average necklace) sometimes when you're crossing one or both arms tightly in front of you. I could file off the points, but that would be sad. Maybe just don't cross your arms tightly in front of you.

COMPONENTS
--vintage bronze banner/shield pin, with broken pin removed and filed smooth, hand-engraved "Red Star 153"
--vintage plastic 3-D red flying horse
--antique gold-filled fetterlink watch chain
--antique brass dog-clip clasp
--brass O-ring and belcher chain

*****

Wings and Springs

Okay, mythology is freaky. Medusa, the lady with the snakes for hair was the mother of the divine white horse Pegasus and his brother, Chrysaor, sometimes depicted as a young man, sometimes a winged boar. When Perseus decapitated the Medusa, she "gave birth" to Pegasus and Chrysaor, if giving birth means springing from a decapitated head...or its blood. In so springing forth, Pegasus became a wellspring of poetry...and of actual springs, which would spring from the earth when Pegasus struck it with a hoof. It's all very springy and bloody.

Red Star — winged horse and banner assemblage necklace


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: plastic, bronze, brass, watch chain, dog clip
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 54 reviews
  • Favorited by: 112 people