On the Second Day of Christmas
My true love sent to me, two turtle doves …
But what is a “turtle dove”? Simply a dove with a distinctive band of colour on the top of the neck. Apparently this makes it look like the dove could draw its head in like a turtle does, but I don’t see it myself!
These buttons depict the traditional ‘willow pattern’, and were made in Birmingham, possibly in the 1830-40s. They show the two runaway lovers transformed into turtle doves at the top. A more easily seen version of the design on a plate is shown below:
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