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Flying Pigs: Gifts and Collectibles

Updated on October 15, 2014
Lucky Piglet Angel - based on an image in the public domain, modified by the author.
Lucky Piglet Angel - based on an image in the public domain, modified by the author.

When Pigs Have Wings... Anything is Possible!

Flying pigs are a fantastic image for endless optimism and belief that all things are possible, so to decorate with flying pigs is to fill your home with good cheer, positive thoughts, and a delightful sense of whimsy.

The origin of the flying pig dates back to the 17th century, a sarcastic response to any overly optimistic prediction: "Oh yes, and pigs might fly!" - Meaning that when the chubby and notably not-very-aerodynamic pig takes to the air, clearly all the limitations of dull pragmatism are off, and anything could happen!

For the optimist in your life, then, or for a unique addition to your own home and garden décor, what better gift than a decorative and collectible flying pig?

If Pigs Had Wings Sculpture - Hand-painted 15-inch Flying Pig in Cast Resin
If Pigs Had Wings Sculpture - Hand-painted 15-inch Flying Pig in Cast Resin | Source

Collectible Flying Pigs

It's quite interesting how winged pigs seem to have caught on in the imagination of so many people these days. Collectors of airborn porkers were hard-pressed to find really attractive and unusual items to add to our collections until quite recently, except for the occasional antique piece at ridiculous prices, but now you can find truly cool flying pigs of all sorts, in every artistic style from retro to modern, realistic to stylized, and in a wide range of materials. Just take a look at some samples of what's to be found these days!

Crystal Sow and Piglet - Hand Blown Glass Pair of Pigs with Wings for Collecctors of Pigs, Crystal, Glass Figurines

Hand crafted crystal flying pig figurines (set of two pieces) created by San Diego glass artist Kevin Prochaska - just look at that expression of motherly love, somehow conveyed in blown glass. Lovely! You can also get just one pig (sow?) ornament separately, if the single piece is a better fit for your pig art collection or your collection of crystal and glass figurines.

Hand Blown Glass Flying Pig Mother and Baby Figurines
Hand Blown Glass Flying Pig Mother and Baby Figurines

Mama flying pig is 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches, while the baby is 1-1/2 inches long and 1 inch tall, brilliantly colored by a process that involves adding 24K gold to the liquid glass. Exclusive to Prochaska studios, these delicate glass pigs are handcrafted in the USA.

 

For those who like to know something about the artist behind the pieces in your collection, you may be interested to know that Kevin Prochaska worked for 35 years as a glass artist at Disneyland.

Like many glass artists, this master glassblower came to his love for the medium at an early age, entranced by the delicate glass ornaments that his sister collected.

I was thrilled to learn that Prochaska was the creator of the Cinderella glass slipper in the Cheryl Ladd movie about the life of Grace Kelly, and you've probably seen his glass works in a host of other feature films and television specials.

Among his many artistic accomplishments, he has even had his one-of-a-kind handblown glass Christmas ornaments decorate the Christmas tree at the White House in Washington, DC.

Speaking of Christmas...

Christmas Angels - Hanging Ornaments of Flying Pigs

Now, some people might wonder what a flying pig has to do with Christmas... but I think you'll agree that, if ever there was a time to celebrate a belief in the wonderful and miraculous, Christmas is most certainly it. And if a whimsical ornament can bring a smile, all the better for the holiday spirit.... or as a decorative accent, all year round.

Pig Angel Ornament
Pig Angel Ornament

This whimsical pink and grey-spotted pig, 4 inches tall, sports a pair of tin wings and leather ears as well as a metal halo. Each individual pig ornament is carved by hand of solid wood, so each of your set of three will be subtley unique. Hang them to dangle free or display them on a shelf - a delightful bit of cheerful whimsy for your home or workplace all year round.

 

My little niece can't get enough of the stories of Olivia (the girl pig who loves ballet and gets into all sorts of mischief, in a popular series of children's books), and she's enchanted by the idea of a wee Christmas tree for her bedroom that's decorated all in Olivia-inspinred flying pig angels. Something tells me, if her parents do choose to indulge that fancy, that Christmas tree might end up staying in place all year round, with flying pigs the main theme in this little girl's bedroom decor!

Meyda Tiffany Custom Lighting 20767 Flying Pigs 8-Light Inverted Pendant, Cafe Noir Finish with Honey Art Glass Panels
Meyda Tiffany Custom Lighting 20767 Flying Pigs 8-Light Inverted Pendant, Cafe Noir Finish with Honey Art Glass Panels

This is a genuine Meyda Tiffany lamp, handcrafted in Yorkville, New York, USA, with a limited lifetime warranty. Because it's custom made, please allow an extra 30 days for the Tiffany artisans to work their magic of craftsmanship in metal and iconic honey-colored art glass.

 

Upscale Flying Pigs

A Tiffany light with winged pigs?

Yes!

I can't think of a better way to light up your home décor with a subtle bit of whimsy - and just think how much fun it would be to watch a first-time visitor to your home do a double-take when they admire the pendant ceiling light and gradually realize what they're looking at on the elegant glass-panelled shade!

I'm the first to admit that a light fixture in a flying pig motif is not necessarily to the taste of everyone... a bit over the top, perhaps? But if you're a collector of the winged pig genre, you've just got to take a gander at the surprisingly elegant Tiffany style ceiling light. I love the contrast between the sophisticated style and the sheer frivolity of the flying pigs that cavort around the edge of the fixture.

Since their introduction in the early 1900s, geometric Tiffany lampshades have been an affordable touch of luxury in so many homes across the country, they're practically an American icon - and the whimsical design tradition of Louis Comfort Tiffany himself is carried out with both humor and beauty in the distinctive Flying Pigs pendant ceiling light fixture. Actually, he tended to go a bit more overboard for flowers and for exotic birds, but a flying pig motif is certainly in the spirit of the eccentric genius!

Flying Pig Cast Iron Doorstop
Flying Pig Cast Iron Doorstop | Source

Vintage Flying Pigs in Classic Cast Iron

For a bit of a change from the standard earthbound piggy bank, why not trust your loose coin to a porcine angel made in classic, durable, authentic cast iron? Vintage forms are always on trend... and a small decorative item that serves a practical purpose is a fun addition to your flying pig collection.

Keep your coins safe and sound in a cast-iron replica of an antique flying pig figurines, hold down papers on your desk or prop open a door with a hefty winged pig, or hang your keys on a three-hook cast iron key holder. You'll never misplace your keys again - when pigs fly!

Antique Replica Heavy Cast Iron Flying Pig Sculpture Statue Bank Large
Antique Replica Heavy Cast Iron Flying Pig Sculpture Statue Bank Large

This hand-distressed piggy bank of heavyweight cast iron is a faithful replica of a turn-of-the-century design. Use your flying pig as a functioning coin bank, or as a door stop or decorative figurine. Measures 10" x 5" x 7".

 
1 X Iron Angel Pig Key Rack ~ Flying Pig Key Holder
1 X Iron Angel Pig Key Rack ~ Flying Pig Key Holder

This 6-inch-long cast iron key holder in vintage style has two screw holes for easy mounting and three key hooks.

 

Wind-Powered Pigs with Wings

If you prefer to let your flying pigs enjoy the great outdoors, where they can feel the lift of the wind beneath their metallic wings, choose an impressive top-of-roof weathervane or a smaller decorative version to rotate on a garden stake. Either way, your Porky will let you know which way the wind blows.

Real Working Weather Vanes - Made in America

SWEN Products FLYING PIG Weathervane
SWEN Products FLYING PIG Weathervane

About 20 miles north of Fargo, North Dakota, there's a little family-run business called SWEN Products that makes very cool metal gifts and decor items - such as this 16-gauge steel weathervane topped by the silhouette of a winged porker.

 

Garden Stake Weathervane for Smaller Homes

Flying Pig Whimsical Garden Stake Weathervane – Made in the USA
Flying Pig Whimsical Garden Stake Weathervane – Made in the USA

Handcrafted in 14 gauge steel with zinc plating and baked-on powder coating for lasting good looks, this weathervane comes with a 60-inch garden stake so you don't need to commit to rooftop mounting - a great choice for the summer cottage or rental homes.

 

Do you believe in Flying Pigs?

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      ComfortsOfHome 3 years ago

      When pigs fly!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Yes - I am the proud owner of several haha. Great lens!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      What an adorable idea for a lens! I thought that"Flying Pigs" was just a saying. But now I believe in Flying Pigs!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      I am a lifelong fan of flying pigs, but strangely enough they never seem to fly around me!

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Well, I do believe in flying pigs now, after seeing a few of them. More seriously, they are all very cute. The votive holder is very original.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      Sure they do!

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Absolutely! They're success is only a little bit less amazing than my life.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      @EpicEra: I remember, years and years ago, a really charming story about a flying pig named Clementina... maybe that's the one? Pigs are lovely characters - except for bad-tempered old sows, which can be scary. But you've got to love a silly young piglet. :)

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      EpicEra 4 years ago

      I'm trying to remember the name of a book about a flying pig that I used to read to my daughter all the time .. it was a lovely story, anyway

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Of course I believe in flying pigs - anything is possible! I enjoyed learning the origin of the flying pigs expression and I thank you for transporting me to the land of optimism. I need to add a pig with wings to my animal figurine collection.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      This would be such a fun thing to collect. Love the flying pigs featured here. Of course pigs can fly!

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      TaviaKane 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens!!

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      jolou 4 years ago

      I did not know the origin of the flying pig. That's interesting. These are very cute.

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      ukprowriter 4 years ago

      Great lens. I love the thought of flying pigs

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      @TLStahling: Pink Floyd counts! :-)

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      TL Stahling 4 years ago from US

      "When pigs fly." Wow. This is so cool. I haven't really seen any items of flying pigs (except for Pink Floyd). What an inspirational collection.

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      rainydaz 4 years ago

      Yes definitely there are flying pigs and possibly cows that fly :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just love the image of flying pigs. If pigs can fly, what can I not do?

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      ComfortsOfHome 4 years ago

      @hntrssthmpsn: I too crave a flying pig weathervane. You'd smile every time you looked at it, wouldn't you?

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      With the Walrus and the Carpenter, I have always wondered "whether pigs have wings." Now I know! Thanks for the charming ideas.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      I do! I love this page, and your suggestion that flying pigs represent boundless optimism. I think my favorites are the flying pig weathervanes... so very cool!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      These are so fun and unique! Blessed!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      I'll believe in flying pigs when pigs fly! Wait, what? ;) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Mona 4 years ago from Iowa

      The weather veins are soooo cute. Also love the intro image of the flying pig statue. :)

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      These are adorable! I love that bit about "swine flu" on the "The origin of the flying pig" page :))

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      jolou 4 years ago

      That's interesting. I never thought of flying pigs as a sign of optimism but I like it.

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