Bowman's Salute


We all recognise this hand signal!


But how about the history and myth behind it?


A commonly repeated legend claims that the two-fingered salute or V sign derives from a gesture made by long-bowmen fighting in the English and Welsh archers at the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years' War. This legend states that archers who were captured by the French had their index and middle fingers cut off so that they could no longer operate their longbows, and that the V sign was used by uncaptured and victorious archers in a display of defiance against the enemy. Love it!


Alternatively, there is evidence against this interpretation as the chronicler Jean de Wavrin, contemporary of the battle of Agincourt, reports that the captured archers would have three fingers cut, and not two.Wielding an English longbow requires three fingers, as is the case for modern bows. Hey, maybe bowman had stronger fingers then ;)



From Amanda UK

Amanda on 27 Sep, 2018

5 out of 5 stars 

I have a small collection of Sand’s fan artwork now and this is a fantastic addition - the ‘Bowman’s salute’! I bought it alongside ‘goldfinger’ to be hung as a pair whilst not in use.
They look magnificent & bring a smile to whoever sees them as well as me!


About this fan:


Intricate patterning hand drawn gauntlet style design on hand. Like my similar 'Gold Finger' I was going for a medieval feel with a contemporary twist here and again, I doubt you will see another like it! Design is 
 painted on fabric in a deep mat black as is the back, staves and guards.


I can include a card with a personal message upon request. Your fan will always be elegantly gift wrapped and boxed too at no extra charge. You're No 1 Hand Fan is sent priority shipping, world wide. It will be tracked and require a signature. Please see shipping information for estimated delivery times and costs.


The painting is made directly onto a blank fan which is made of Fabric and plastic. Then they are lacquered for further protection. I have used this particular fan for its lovely stury feel it's durability and high use potential as well as having the closest surface texture to canvas for my paintings.


When receiving a fan please open it gently upon arrival and leave open for a wee while to rid any lingering process smells and to generally let the fan breath.Clean with a damp cloth and avoid rough handling, leaving in high temperatures and exposing to water....treat it as a usable art object and it will last you well.

If you are looking for a way to display your fan when not in use? For a rustic look you can find small easels at craft stores that you can paint to match your fan as I have done for many of my photographs.


Some clients display their fans in deep frames, either open, for easy access or closed keeping the fan as an art object.A super easy way to show your fan on a wall is to put up two wall protrusions, make sure they are soft finish or padded (not bare nails or screws) and rest bottom of the leaf of the fan on the points, so the fan spans open.



Place the points about 5 inches / 12.6cms apart. Many of my images show fans displayed like this too.Or you can find generic hand fan stands here:


Anything else I can help you with, get in touch


All the very best,Sand :)


Basic Fan Measurements, some fans may vary a little.

Open : H 9" 23 cms W 17" 43 cms D 1" 2.5 cms

Folded : H 9" 23 cms W 1" 2.5cms D 1" 2.5 cms

Bowman's Salute

  • Some care instructions....You're fan is pretty hardy but as a hand painted object, it needs to be cared for. When it arrives open slowly and carefully in case it has been squashed in transit. If possible, eave open for a few days to rid any lingering studio smells and to generally let the fan breath. Clean very gently with a slightly damp cloth. Keep away from excessive water/moisture and anyone that wants to play with it roughly, I find a quick fan clip round the ear does the trick!

    ...treat your No1 hand fan with love and as  a usable art object and it will last you well.