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.
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:
Dec 31, 2022
Dec 10, 2022
Love these little guys and what they stand for!
Dec 22, 2020
The Billikens were perfect!!! Even the packaging and it being all wrapped up was great!!! Thank you, my grandma is going to love this!!!
Oct 21, 2020
Love them!! Came as described. They sit in my window.
Jun 22, 2018
Very nice, looks exactly like the photo. Delivery was fast. Thank you.