Wassailing for Robins Pencil, gold plated 

Our red or natural wood pencils are topped with a beautifully ornate, gold plated robin.     ‘A Southampton Story – Made in: Here’ is printed on the barrel of the pencil, which is presented in a biodegradable bag with (biodegradable) tissue paper, ribbon and sticker.

The Trivia Tag found in the back of the bag retells the tradition of wassailing in Hampshire and Southampton, and why robins were considered to be good spirits.

These pencils make a lovely memento or gift for those who love local history and birds. They’re also a great incentive to pick up a pencil to handwrite, sketch or draw.

For more on wassailing in Hampshire, check out Visit Hampshire /www.visit-hampshire.co.uk/whats-on/evening-orchard-wassail-at-chawton-house-p1664711

To find out more about the history of wassailing: https://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Wassailing/

Do you think you know a thing or two about robins? Read on and see how much you really do…!

  • The robin was declared Britain’s National Bird on December 15th, 1960.
  • Until the early years of the 20th century the robin was usually known as the redbreast.
  • British robins seldom move far from where they hatched, but many Finnish and Swedish robins migrate to the Mediterranean for the winter.
  • Robins breed throughout the British Isles, and occur on almost all of our offshore islands.
  • Many attempts have been made to introduce robins to America, Australia and New Zealand. All have failed.
  • Each robin has a unique breast pattern, and can (with difficulty) be recognised individually.
  • The first British postmen wore red coats, and gained the nickname of robin or redbreast.
  • British robins are famous for their tameness, but this contrasts with their behaviour on the Continent, where they are shy and generally unapproachable.
  • All information above courtesy of the RSPB

Choose either red or natural wood pencil from the dropdown. See separate listing for duo pencil packs.


NB: Our packaging is produced in a sustainable way with biodegradable bag, ribbon and sticker. Our Trivia Tags are printed in the UK’s Greenest printing press and winner of the Sonora green Leaf award; in Southampton.