Proudly made at a factory in Liverpool, the LFC Liver Bird is ready to order!
It all began when Liverpool Football Club noticed a statuette that we had been commissioned to produce. LFC asked us to create a similar figurine for their club, so they could present it as a gift to other teams when LFC played away matches.
Delighted with the prospect, we immediately sought out and set to work with some exceptionally talented sculptors and, with their craftsmanship and creative expertise, have succeeded in accomplishing an elegant and majestic interpretation of the famous Liverpool Liver Bird. LFC have subsequently used our Liver Bird as an official gift during away games for a season of both European and worldwide matches.
Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard
We then received a request to use our Liver Bird design for trophies, first in silver for Jamie Carragher’s 700th appearance; then in red, for Steven Gerrard’s 600th appearance.
Liverpool FC also used a medium sized variant of our Liver Bird that had been specially made as a gift for match officials.
During this exciting period we worked fastidiously alongside the sculptors, from conception through to the genesis of a portable sized bird, ideal for LFC and Liverpool fans whilst retaining the same high quality we have always demanded.
Positive response from Liverpool Football Club was the signal – the real work had begun.
Made in Liverpool – just a few miles from Anfield
That we are able to have our Liver Bird made in Liverpool is simply fantastic. From the very outset our mission as a company has not only been to build a top quality item, but also to produce a piece of Liverpool itself.
We knew that in order to oversee production and ensure the highest manufacturing quality we would need to make the product in the UK. Fortunately, we’ve found Liverpool City to be perfectly suited to our requirements and take great pride in the knowledge that our very own Liver Bird is being manufactured just a few miles from Anfield Stadium.
The Liver Bird – symbol of Liverpool since 1911
As the Statue of Liberty is the symbol of New York, so the Liver Bird is the symbol of Liverpool. It appears on the crest of the City Council and is of course recognised worldwide as the emblem of the famous Liverpool Football club.
Its history goes back to medieval times when a similar looking bird, some say a cormorant, appears on an early corporate seal dating from the 1350s. In 1668, the earl of Derby gave the town council a mace engraved with a “leaver” bird, perhaps the first reference to the liver bird and in 1797 the College of Arms granted Liverpool a coat of arms with the bird in pride of place.
The bird was brought to prominence in 1911 when two giant metal statues of the bird were installed on top of the Royal Liver insurance building at Liverpool’s pier head. A third metal bird is nearby on the Mersey chambers office building whilst a stone liver bird now resides in the Liverpool museum.
Good luck charm
Ironically, since the metal birds were sculpted by a German, Carl Bernard Bartels, their presence was downplayed during and for some time after WW1. However their re-acceptance as the Liverpool emblem led to them being seen in WW2 as a vital sign to the returning merchant seamen and the Royal Navy that in spite of the bombing, Liverpool stood defiant. They remain a good luck charm to many Liverpudlians.
Today, the birds still stand proudly over Liverpool and JBK a British company specialising in models and emblems has been officially licensed by the Liverpool Football Club to design and produce a statue of the Liver Bird which is now available for fans all over the world.
What is special about this model is that it is actually made in Liverpool by a local company AC Plastics Ltd. David Nelson, their managing director said “it’s great to be a part of this tradition and to be helping in the manufacturing renaissance of this wonderful city”.
The bird which stands 16cm high is in LFC red and comes with the official hologram demonstrating its origin from Liverpool as well as its authenticity as the symbol of the great football club. It is available through LFC shops, websites and distributors worldwide.