- Code: ENG/1702
- Dimentions (mm): 225(L) x 75(W) x 105(H)
- Weight: Approx 10KG
To celebrate our 90th Anniversary, we have made a replica of the original Omersa pig – 1st made by “Old Bill” around 1927! We based the pattern on an old pig in for repair which was dated from around the 1930’s. Production is limited to 90 pigs. The issue number will be sewn on to the underneath of the belly alongside our new OMERSA badge.
The earliest pigs were very long in the body and nose – a picture of the oldest pig we can find can be seen on our History page. Our replica has slightly shorter features to make it a little more attractive!!
The pig has been made using the same methods and tools as those originally used. The one main difference is that the old pigs were originally made from pigskin. This ceased in the mid 1970’s when suitable pigskin was no longer available and cowhide used instead.
There is a strong internal metal and wooden frame which gives the piece rigidity. Woodwool, a natural product made from soft wood, is used to pack around the frame and to form the features of the animal. The woodwool is packed in firmly using an array of specialised tools. This is an arduous job which takes considerable time and can only be completed by craftsmen with several years training.
The combination of the frame and woodwool enables the piece to be used as a footstool and as an occasional chair. But please note they are made as a decorative piece and not to furniture standards.
Once assembled, the leather is hand stained mahogany brown followed by various coats of finishing products. The animal is given a pair of eyes and now he or she is ready to join you in your home!