This 3 1/2″ tall pewter figurine is finely detailed, from the features on his face, to the folds of the garments and the accessories traditionally associated with this saint. Last but not least the saint’s name is inscribed on the base of this sturdy little statue.
About St. George . . . Several stories have been attached to St. George, the best known of which is the Golden Legend. In it, a dragon lived in a lake near Silena, Libya. Entire armies had gone up against this fierce creature, and had gone down in painful defeat. The monster ate two sheep each day; when mutton was scarce, lots were drawn in local villages, and maidens were substituted for sheep. Enter St. George. Hearing the village’s woeful tale on a day when a princess was to be eaten, he crossed himself, rode to battle against the serpent, and killed it with a single blow of his lance. George then held forth with a magnificent sermon, and converted the locals. Given a large reward by the king, George distributed it to the poor, then rode away. The dragon stands for wickedness. The lady stands for God’s holy truth. St. George was a brave martyr who was victorious over the devil. Due to his chivalrous behavior (protecting women, fighting evil, dependence on faith and might of arms, largesse to the poor), devotion to St. George became popular in the Europe after the 10th century. In the 15th century his feast day was as popular and important as Christmas. Many of his areas of patronage have to do with life as a knight on horseback. The celebrated Knights of the Garter are actually Knights of the Order of St. George. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers