Farm Friends: Roosters and Hens – Sturbridge Through the Years

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Are you awake yet?  The rooster, perceived as the brightly colored bird that wakes you up at the break of dawn, is often paired with the hen, a gregarious bundle of feathers and clucks.  Together or apart, these two symbols of farm life are familiar to all of us.  While domesticated in many countries, the rooster and hen have been historically viewed as sacred animals in many cultures.  Nowadays, it is easy to find roosters and chickens waltzing through the barn yard at local farms, or enjoying the urban life in backyards across the nation.

Throughout the years, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop has featured these farm friendly birds on many of our items, and we continue to do so today.  Let’s take a walk down memory lane to explore how these symbols of farm life have been featured for the past 60 years.


In the Beginning

In our earliest catalogs, from 1953 through the late 1960’s, we see the rooster featured on various traditional home accent pieces such as weathervanes, paper weights, milk glass collectibles, and napkin holders (as seen here to the left).


Moving On Up

From the 1970’s and into the 1980’s, the rooster and hen imagery began appearing on a wider variety of household items.  This hen plant pot (as seen to the bottom left) was featured as a sure way to “welcome the day”, and to highlight your favorite blooms of the season.

With plenty of country charm, and keeping in tune with the SYW line of reproductions, this 1980’s rustic rooster lamp (shown to the right) was actually inspired by an iron door stop at the Museum of American Folk Art.


Expanding the Collection

Throughout the 1990’s and well into the early 2000’s, we saw a vast expansion of the rooster and hen theme with a wide selection of our items.  As you can see, this pair of feathered friends appeared on everything from rooster pillows, rooster and hen prints, door mats, rugs and even tin lamps.


Continuing the Trend

Today, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop continues to feature these avian allies on nearly every home decorative accent imaginable.  With the wide selection of items available today, it is possible to feature the rooster and hen theme in every room of the house.

To the right we have our Black Hen Sculpture Box, a perfect way to store shelled nuts and wrapped candy. This carved resin hen is a nod towards traditional colonial treenware.


Birds of a Feather

Here, the Country Rooster Canvas Pillow (top left), a perky Pair of Chickens (bottom left), and a sturdy Rooster Coir Mat (below) are featured.

Wherever they are displayed, these roosters and hens will add a bit of Sturbridge Yankee Workshop history to the home.



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One Response to “Farm Friends: Roosters and Hens – Sturbridge Through the Years”

  1. Margo Ramage says:

    I have a Yankee rustic rooster lamp with red shade as shown above, but was knocked over and the rooster broke. I am looking to replace the lamp. Where to find?
    Thanks for your assistance.
    Margo Ramage

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