Unicorns

We have had many questions about our upcoming Unicorn Party and we thought we’d share some information about unicorns.

Not a passing fad

It seems the latest “craze” has been around for centuries.  Take, for example, the coat of arms for Bristol, England created in the mid 1500’s. It features a sailing ship of the era, a castle, armor, a serpent representing wisdom, a pair of scales representing justice…all supported and protected by, you guessed it, two unicorns.

Bristol Coat of Arms

Throughout the middle ages, the unicorn became metaphorical for secular and religious figures and teachings.  These tales did nothing but build the mystic of unicorns. Royal families spent small fortunes to acquire alleged unicorn horns because of their purported use as a poison detector or immunity booster.

Not all sparkles and rainbows.

Unicorns had been characterized in writing and in art as terrifying creatures that use their horns as weapons.  There are 7th century writings about unicorns that are strong enough to fight elephants and able to fatally wound their opponents by piercing them in the stomach with their horn.

On permanent display at the Cloisters of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a famous collection of monumental tapestries known as “The Hunt of the Unicorn” dating back to 1495-1505.  The origins of these tapestries remain a mystery. Noblemen hunting and slaying the unicorn which is then resurrected in the final and most famous piece as depicted by it confined in a fenced area surrounded by a beautiful garden.

Unicorn Tapestry

Universal symbol of hope and optimism

Coincidence or not, as election season 2016 went into full swing here in the United States, unicorns became the universal symbol of happy, fun-loving, optimistic people.  As more concern and negativity emerged during election season, we believe the cute, rainbow-entangled, and sparkly unicorns became a way to escape from harsh reality.

 

And so began the stream of products to feed the need of kids, teens and adults. Cosmetics began to sparkle more. School supplies added glitter. Starbucks added a Unicorn Frappuccino to their menu. Here in Boulder, it’s not unusual to see a unicorn inflatable tube floating down Boulder Creek. Our hottest new item this summer is a six foot tall inflatable unicorn sprinkler.

Unicorn Sprinkler

Whether you believe in them or their folklore is entirely up to you. We happen to like the smiles and positivity they seem to elicit whenever our customers see one in our store

Stop by our Unicorn Party on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and celebrate all things unicorn!

Unicorn Party at McGuckin Hardware

Build-A-Bear Workshop Unicorn

Build-A-Bear Workshop Unicorn

Unicorn Meme

Unicorn Meme

Unicorn Baby Costume

Unicorn Costumes

Pet Costume

Pet Costumes

Unicorn Cake

Unicorn CakeUnicorn Humidifier

Unicorn Ice Cream

Unicorn Ice Cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unicorn Manicure

Unicorn Manicure

Unicorn Tattoo

Unicorn Tattoo

 

 

 

Sources

Etymologies of Isidor of Seville, Book 12

Fantastically Wrong: The Weird, Kinda Perverted History of the Unicorn, Fast Company

Natural History by Pliny the Elder, Book 8

The Unicorn Craze, Explained, Wired