Stamped 'Scotland' and bearing historical Chester hallmarks for 1957 - Chester assay office closed in 1962 so Chester silver is particularly sought after - this traditional Scottish kilt pin can equally be worn as a distinctive statement brooch on a jacket, scarf or hat.
Crafted in heavy gauge silver it is fashioned as a Claymore, a medieval Scottish broadsword and at 3 inches in length this is a good size pin and sturdy enough for wear on heavy fabrics.
Lovely attention to detail, the sword is decorated with Celtic knot work along the broad blade, signifying a bond that cannot be broken. The hilt is decorated in a triquetra (trinity knot) motif representing the 'past, present & future' and it has an elegant plumed finial at the top of the handle.
The tradition of wearing a pin to weigh down the front of a kilt goes back to Queen Victoria's reign (it is only fastened to the front flap or apron). On a windy day, in Scotland, she is said to have given a soldier her own brooch to stop the front of his kilt flapping, thus preserving his modesty!
A sturdy pin back with a roll over safety clasp completes this beautiful example of Scottish silver, perfect for a Scottish themed wedding and would make a great gift.
MATERIALS: 925 sterling silver
DATE: mid century, dated 1957
MEASUREMENTS: 3" (7.3cm) long, 1" (2.5cm) wide at the handle, the 'blade' is 5.3mm
HALLMARKS: stamped 'lion passant' for sterling, '3 wheatsheaves in a shield' for Chester, date letter 'G' for 1957 and worn makers mark 'S&?', also stamped 'Scotland'
WEIGHT: 8.6 grams
CONDITION: Excellent vintage condition with minimal wear and the pin back in perfect working order
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