There had to be a legitimate reason I have quietly pined for a leather footstool shaped like a pig for the last 11 years. I had have been on to something.
[Omersa leather Yorkshire pig footstool, £370 – £178.]
Of course—a piece of British history! A collector’s item within the London aristocracy! My bloodline makes me love things more absurd than gin, apparently.
Edie loved her Omersa rhino:
In the new (’70s onward) collection, there are some really fringey manes:
[Buffalo, from the American New World line, £630 – £420.]
[Lion from the Out of Africa collection, £554 – £324.]
I met my first leather pig as a kid—that pig lived at Nydrie Stud in Albemarle County, VA. I sat on him, right ways and side saddle. I patted his sloped back. I saw him last time we were down there and he was looking sort of lonely in the basement with the pool table—patiently waiting for a new generation to come sneak beers and listen to Guns ‘n’ Roses. No part of me figured he wouldn’t be sorely missed if I stole him away, though.
Our animals are quirky and humorous and make unique gifts for special occasions: weddings, christenings, special anniversary birthdays. They are equally appreciated by men, women and children. For those who have grown up with an Omersa animal, they have become a very special part of childhood and a highly coveted family heirloom.
That’s why I’m going to get my own. Something I can pass on one day. Because I don’t think any future Wodehouse/Burden generations are going to be clamoring for my collection of antique mink headpieces. I just have to decide on which noble beast I love best.
[Elephant, with his trunk up or down, £588 – £288.]
I’m tempted by the whole Aquatic collection, being born and bred by the beach, but due to their lack of 4-legged evolutionary advancements, they tend to live close to the ground. Er, obviously. And I want my Omersa to primarily be used as a seat.
Hello, gorgeous. Meet the Superking, coming in at 6 ft long.
[Rhino, so big to not so big, £1750 – £288.]
So, it appears I found something I love more than floor pillows. We’ll just have to pawn all our current furniture to afford one.
p.s. Speaking of wild African beasts, please, I implore you, if you have not already, just pop onto iTunes and fork over the $10 to buy the Out of Africa soundtrack. You’ll thank me.