If you didn’t already know, back in 1778, they named Louisville after King Louis XV1 of the House of Bourbon. (House of Bourbon… Kentucky…. we digress.) The city adopted the family symbol, the fleur-de-lis, as its emblem. You can see this stylized lily all over town in various architectural embellishments, on street signs, and more.
According to Family Search, the fleur-de-lis has been around for centuries—it even appears in relics from ancient civilizations. One of the earliest surviving examples is on a gold helmet from the Scythians, a European nomadic people from the 7th to 3rd centuries BC. Other ancient examples occur worldwide. For example, a statue of the Indian emperor Kanishka (AD 127 to 150) sported the symbol.
Iron Crafters can add a fleur-de-lis to doors, gates, fences, railing, even window guards. If you want to class up your house, please contact us and we’ll be there to help!