Brand: Harmony Kingdom
- Made In England / Marble Dust & Resin / Artist: Peter Calvesbert
- Release Date: Mar 2009
- Dimensions: 3.2" h x 2.6" w
- Fixed Edition: 600
- With the worldwide stock market debacle, Peter’s “Grin and Bear It” is a timely box figurine. A bull market is when stock prices are climbing, and a bear market is when they’re languishing. We all unfortunately know which animal is prevailing. A common myth is that the terms "bull market" and "bear market" are derived from the way these animals attack a foe - bears attack by swiping their paws downward and bulls toss their horns upward. This is a useful mnemonic, but not the true origin of the terms. Long ago, "bear skin jobbers" were known for selling bear skins that they did not own (the bears had not yet been caught). This was the original source of the term "bear." It was eventually used to describe short sellers, speculators who sold shares that they did not own. Because bull and bear baiting were once popular sports, "bulls" was understood as the opposite of "bears". Bulls were those people who brought the expectation that a stock price would rise, not fall. Carved on the base of Peter’s bull and bear are the major stock market indices throughout the world. Inscribed on the lid are market crash years – 1637 (the Tulip crash), 1720 (the South Sea bubble), 1929 (the Wall Street crash), 1987 (Black Monday), and 2008 (as yet unnamed). Within “Grin and Bear It” are tulips, commemorating the first recorded speculative bubble, which took place in Holland in 1637, when bulbs of the newly-introduced tulip reached extraordinary highs and then suddenly collapsed.
Details: HARMONY KINGDOM figurines are cast from a special mixture of crushed marble and resin giving them the look and feel of ivory. They are then individually hand stained and tinted in the old-world English tradition of Cottage Industry Manufacturing. These beautiful boxes will grab your attention and have you searching for the details that cover every square inch of each piece. Each have their own unique name and theme. When you give a gift from HARMONY KINGDOM you are truly giving a magical piece that will enchant and intrigue the recipient.