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Piran of Cornwall –the early Celtic Cornish Saint of Tinners

March 5th –St. Piran’s Day a.k.a. St. Perran or Pyran.
A 6th century Irishman who literally washed ashore in Cornwall, Piran is credited with bringing Celtic-style Christianity to Cornwall. The Cornish Saint is also dear to our hearts at Nagle Forge & Foundry because he is the patron saint of tinners –tin being one of the primary products of Cornwall and the primary component of pewter! Beloved by the people of Cornwall Piran’s banner of a white cross on a black background –light shining from darkness– is the flag of Cornwall today.

We at Nagle Forge & Foundry do not make anything with a specifically "Cornish" motif. We have also never made a piece dedicated to St. Perran. However, tin is the primary component of pewter and we use over 1,200 pounds of tin in a given year so we like to think that most of our pieces are a tribute to Pirran.
We at Nagle Forge & Foundry do not make anything with a specifically “Cornish” motif. We have also never made a piece dedicated to the Cornish Saint. However, tin is the primary component of pewter and we use over 1,200 pounds of tin in a given year so we like to think that most of our pieces are a tribute to the Cornish Saint Pirran.