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 ;)
LATEST REVIEW ON BOWMANS SALUTE!
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: www.google.co.uk/search=hand+fan+display+stands&source=lnms&tbm=isch&s...
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
Caring for your No1 Hand Fan
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.
Displaying your No 1 Hand Fan
And if you are not using your fan it can still be seen by displaying it on your wall as a fine art piece, simply rest your fan on two padded wall protrusions or a small easel as shown. You can also purchase hand fan stands in perspex, wood and stone on eBay for a small price. Also looks good in a deep frame with easy access for use? However and whenever you use your fan....it will be a head turner.
Gifting a No 1 Hand Fan?
Take the stress out of choosing and sending!
As well as theming your gift wrap etc, I can include a gift card and a personal message with your No 1 Hand Fan. let me know at time of order.
Not sure which fan to choose? Why not get in touch and I can send a gift voucher for whatever value and currency you desire?
Packaging and Posting
Every No1 Hand Fan is gift wrapped and boxed with no extra charge. You're All fans are sent the fastest most secure method world wide. The package can be tracked and will require a signature.
Made to Order within 2 weeks
You will be sent images of your completed fan for approval prior to posting.
Your fan will always be elegantly gift wrapped and boxed at no extra charge. You're No 1 Hand Fan is sent FREE priority shipping, world wide. It will be tracked and require a signature. Please see shipping information for estimated delivery times.
I can also make you a custom order fan like this in any palette you choose. You can specify your particular wishes via the info section.
Want small changes to your fan?
Let me know if you desire any small changes to your fan or if you want a bespoke custom order please get in touch and lets start the creative process!
Caring for your No.1 Hand Fan
Some care instructions....Your fan is pretty hardy but as a hand painted object, it needs to be loved and cared for. When it arrives, open slowly and carefully especially if your fan has had a long overseas journey.
Keep away from excessive water or direct excessive heat and anyone that wants to play with it roughly or with sticky fingers, I find a quick fan clip round the ear does the trick!
Your fan has been sealed and lacquered for its protection and can be cleaned gently with a soft damp cloth, do not rub vigorously as this may damage the painted surface of your fan.
Re International posting: I always send my fans out by deadline via Priority Royal Mail but delivery time may vary upon destination. Unforeseen mishaps and postage efficiency in destination country which are beyond my control may effect your delivery so please order in good time for your fan to arrive by your deadline.
Unless proved to be faulty, fans are non returnable. Please get in touch if you would like to exchange a fan.
I will always refund on a fan that is damaged upon arrival.
This is conditional on:
The fan must be posted back unused within 48 hours with all original packing etc.
For insurance purposes I will need clear images of the damage to the fan and/or packaging taken upon opening the package.
A refund will be void if any attempt is made to repair said damage or if it is apparent that the fan has been damaged post arrival or has been tampered with in any way.
I reserve the right to cancel any order.