Circa 1930, this fabulous Scottish Medlock & Craik provincial Inverness sterling silver clan bonnet badge can be worn as a lady's clan pendant or attached to a gents a kilt pin.
In the 19th century Inverness silversmiths produced a range of these silver clan badges to supply the demand of people visiting the Highlands. Silversmith Arthur Medlock was one of the first makers of these cast silver badges that are a traditional highland dress accessory meant to be worn on the bonnet/hat. In 1913 he sold the business to Robert Craik and the name Medlock & Craik was adopted.
In 1931 Medlock & Craik decided to redesign their clan bonnet badges, which were a large size, into smaller multifunctional patterns. The new design was able to be used as a small clan bonnet badge, clan lapel badge, gentleman’s watch fob, mounted on a kilt pin and strung as a ladies clan pendant.
This silver clan bonnet badge is a super example of that redesign which has now become highly collectible. Very finely cast in solid sterling silver the badge features the crest of the Douglas clan with a belted garter enclosing a human heart, wings and imperial crown with the motto 'FORWARD'. It has a pin back for wear on a hat or lapel and silver jump rings to string on a necklace chain or to mount on a kilt pin.
The clan badge is in excellent vintage condition and it is marked 'M&C' for Medlock & Craik and 'INVSS' for Inverness on the back. There are no city assay hallmarks (which suggests this is an early rather than later piece) and we have acid tested and confirmed sterling silver.
A wonderful traditional Highland Dress accessory that is steeped in Scottish culture this beautifully decorative piece is good for the gents or the ladies and highly collectible too!
MATERIALS: sterling silver
MEASUREMENTS: 1-5/8" (4cm) diameter
MARKS: M&C and INVSS
DATE: circa 1930-1959
WEIGHT: 7.3 grams
CONDITION: in excellent vintage condition with minimal surface wear, please note the necklace chain is not included
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Materials: Sterling Silver.