The hospitable symbolism of the pineapple goes all the way back to Christopher Columbus. In 1493, he anchored his ship off the coast of what is now Guadeloupe. He and his crew went exploring around the island and discovered the pineapple which was completely new to them. Fresh fruit in general was rare in Europe at this time. Only a few types were available and for short periods of time. Even sugar was rare, being imported at a high cost from the middle east.
Although they had discovered the pineapple in the Caribbean, it was very difficult to get it back to Europe. Ship travel was very hot, humid and slow. A lot of times, the fruit would spoil before they landed. Because of this difficulty, having a pineapple was a sign of privilege and even a treasure to royalty.
The Pineapple became a status symbol and a way to express welcome, good cheer, human warmth and family affection. If a hostess was able to get her hands on a pineapple for important social dining events, it said a lot about her rank. When her guests saw the pineapple-topped food displays, they felt honored and saw that she spared no expense for them.
Later on, the image of the Pineapple began to be used in art and architecture. You can see it at the entrances of homes on top of gates and in furniture and other wood carvings. Important public buildings had huge copper and brass Pineapples in the weather vanes. Pineapples were woven into tablecloths, napkins and carpets. The Pineapple was once rare, but now can be seen everywhere throughout decor and design today.
Our Pineapple Private Drive Sign can be a great way to help visitors find your home. And feel welcomed and appreciated.