A highly collectible mid century Scottish silver penannular plaid pin by renowned silversmith Robert Allison that bears desirable Glasgow hallmarks for 1953.
This traditional penannular brooch is decorated in a beautiful Celtic pattern in the Iona style. It features an open ring with a long sharp pin attached to a head that moves around the ring.
Penannular brooches date back to antiquity and are a simple and efficient way of fastening loosely woven cloth (where the pin will not leave a permanent hole) they are worn by both men and women, usually singly at the shoulder by men and on the breast by women.
MATERIALS: Sterling silver
MEASUREMENTS: 1-1/2" across and 1-1/2" from top to bottom (38mm) with the pin stem measuring 1-7/8" (58mm)
WEIGHT: 12.22 grams
HALLMARKS: Full set of Glasgow silver marks: Tree, thistle, lion passant and date letter 'e' for 1953. Makers mark 'RA' for Robert Allison.
CONDITION: Excellent with no flaws, the pin is still very sharp and moves freely around the ring. A timeless and elegant piece of traditional Scottish jewelry! Robert Allison specialised in creating traditional Scottish jewellery between the years of 1941 - 1982 and his signed pieces are sought after and very collectible.