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A penannular brooch with serpent’s head design made by St.Justin of Cornwall with Cornish pewter.
Brooch/fastener with carbon steel pin.
The pin is pushed through a loose weave garment and secured by rotating the circular section over it, just as it would have been used 1000 years ago. Suitable for use with loose weave fabrics only.
Width: 61mm Height: 63mm
2 in stock
This brooch is based on the pennanular brooches the Celts, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons used as cloak fasteners. Pennanular means incomplete circle which allows the pin fastener.
This type of fastening goes back to the Iron-age but in Scotland and Ireland in the 8th and 9th Centuries beautiful highly ornate brooches were made from precious metals and semi-precious stones. Excellent examples are the Tara brooch in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin and the Hunterston brooch in the National Museum of Scotland, Ebinburgh.
The serpent design is often seen on Celtic artifacts and can represent rebirth and immortality as a snake sheds it's skin repeatedly. Often a snake is represented eating it's own tail and this is called an 'ouroboros', a sign of infinity and the cycle of life.
England, Ireland, Scotland, Viking, Wales