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The luckenbooth design has been used as a romantic gift in Scotland for at least four hundred years. The design is said to have been created for the betrothal (engagement) brooch of Mary Queen of Scots, from the fourteen year old Dauphin of France, whom she married in 1558, symbolised by the two hearts surmounted by the crown. The name derives from the “locked Booths” near St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, where the design was sold for occasions such as engagements and weddings.
The luckenbooth is also known as a witches or fairies heart and would be used as a protective amulet to ward off supernatural forces such as the 'evil eye'. The charm would be pinned within the clothing of children to offer protection from evil spirits, deamons and wicked faeries.
The luckenbooth loving cup would make a perfect gift for engagements, weddings, anniversaries and valentine's day.
Supplied in a satin lined presentation box.
Hand made in Scotland.
Size: Including lugs 13.0 cm (5.1″). Bowl diameter 9.0 cm (3.5″). Height 2.1 cm (0.8″).