For Valentine's Day we share with you our Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Sign, representing Love, Family and Friendship. The birds are partridges called 'distelfinks'. The Pennsylvania Dutch are descendants of German, Swiss and Dutch who emigrated to the United States prior to 1800. These include but are not limited to the Amish, Dunkards, Mennonites and Bretheren. You can see that this one was designed by Jacob Zook.Traditionally Hex Signs are placed on buildings to keep out evil. You mostly see them over barn doors and in the eaves of houses. I keep mine in the kitchen of my home. I had it for years before I actually got married.