This proverb refers back to mediaeval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey).The first citation of the expression in print in its currently used form is found in John Ray's A Hand-book of Proverbs, 1670.
It's amazing how long certain sayings can stick with society, especially when we can't even remember what we said last week. Just like an old commercial where a musical ditty such as "you'll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent!" is still rattling around in my brain, and comes to the forefront on occasion, such sayings as "A bird in the hand" come to the tip of our tongue, when appropriate. When I saw the lovely hand pendant, and the bird with nest and such string of beads, I immediately thought of the phrase, inspiration for a pretty creation! Stop by my etsy shop if you would like "A bird in the Hand", for yourself. Simply Sheryl's