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Lucien Gaillard - An Art Nouveau Thistle necklet, 1903-04. Consisting of two rigid semicircles with a spring-hinge at centre back; the thistle-like composition is executed in grey-green opaque and plique-à-jour enamels for the leaves, and light translucent brown for the stems. Three clusters of buds are set with opals, and the edges of the leaves are picked out in diamonds. Source: From Slave to Siren: Dora Jane Janson. #Gaillard #ArtNouveau #necklace

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The thistle and the rose - Detail from the Treaty of Perpetual Peace (1502) between England and Scotland which was cemented by the marriage of James IV of Scotland to Princess Margaret, Henry VII’s daughter. The borders of this document illustrate the thistle (James’ emblem), the Tudor rose and the marguerete representing Margaret.

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Milk thistle plant... did you know every single part of the plant can be eaten? It has many health benefits, a good source of manganese, iron, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium. It destroys free radicals and is used to fight cancer, helps prevent and heal gallstones, and much else. To eat raw cut off the very edge of the thistle leaf. Boil to soften thorns and eat them like spinach thorns and all. Or whiz in a blender to tear up thorns. Frying the leaves makes the leaves crispy like potato…

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The Legend of the thistle Scottish motto: “Nemo me impune lacessit”, meaning “No-one harms me without punishment”,

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The Royal Arms of Scotland, Sovereign's stall in the Thistle Chapel of St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh. The motto, in Scots, appears above the crest, in the tradition of Scottish heraldry, and is an abbreviated form of the full motto: God Me Defend.

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