Having lived in Alaska for twenty years and being a maker of things, I finally had to create my own Billikens. I hope this happy pair will bring you smiles and luck.
I hand carved them in wax and then had them cast in lead-free pewter.
They are approx. 1 3/4" tall x 1" wide
To buy a Billiken is said to give the purchaser luck, but to have one given, even better luck. He is after all the God of Happiness, the God of Luck, the God Of Things As They Ought To Be.
Those who think the Billiken is only an Alaskan souvenir made by Eskimo carvers will be surprised to learn that it actually originated in Missouri— created in 1908 by art teacher and illustrator, Florence Pretz, who is said to have seen the mysterious figure in a dream.
In 1909, the Billiken began its appearance in souvenir shops of Alaska. An Eskimo carver by the name of “Happy Jack” copied a Billiken figurine brought to him by a merchant. Proving popular, many carvers began to include the Billiken in the collections of ivory figurines they created. The charming little fellow has since become one of the most familiar faces in Alaskan lore.
This listing is for the pair shown. If you would like just the male or the female please convo me.
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I ship USPS Priority Mail within the United States, with delivery confirmation for all orders over $50. No extra charge for extra items. Orders under $50 I ship USPS First Class Package Service.
I try to ship within two days of cleared purchase. Please know that I am shipping from a remote town in Alaska and occasionally weather interferes with flight schedules.
International orders will be shipped USPS First Class International Package Service. Although I always ship within two days of your purchase please understand that three to four weeks is typical for delivery.
International buyers are responsible for their own custom duties/taxes if there are any at all.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
If for some reason you are unhappy with your order, please convo me immediately and we will come to a happy resolution - either a refund or equal exchange. Unless item is damaged buyer will be responsible for return shipping to me.
Jun 22, 2018
Very nice, looks exactly like the photo. Delivery was fast. Thank you.
Aug 11, 2017
Very cute little Billikens....these are a gift for a friend who's been having a lot of bad luck lately. I hope it works!
Oct 11, 2016
These are absolutely beautiful!!!!
Aug 14, 2016
Excellent craftsmanship, beautifully packaged, fast shipping to Australia. Absolutely love these!!!
Jul 19, 2016
These are perfect! So beautifully cast.