St. Eligius (or Eloi or Loy)
Feast Day: December 1
Patron Saint of horses, veterinarians, agricultural workers, metal smiths, mechanics, coin collectors, farmers, farriers, jewelers, jockeys, miners, minters, saddlers, taxi drivers, tool makers watch makers, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
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Actual size: 12" x 18"
The symbolism and inspiration:
I've wanted to do a patron saint of horses for a long time, but found it difficult to combine jewelers with metalsmiths with veterinarians and a mechanical engineers. (Not to mention farmers and taxi drivers!)
Eligius is feeding apples to a horse. On the side is a relpica of his actual signature. The bees and hive symbolize industry and the two thrones symbolize his integrity (referenced in his legend). There is also a gold coffer, a metal smith, and a coin minted at Limoges.
This is dedicated to my cousin Jake, one of the best people (and horsemen) I know. PB
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