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Thistle Pewter Pennanular Brooch made in Scotland.
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.
Size: Width 7cm, Length of Pin 14cm
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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.
Brooches had an important function as status symbols that demonstrated the wealth and rank of the wearer and were regarded as highly valued items. The brooch would have been worn with the pin sticking upward over the shoulder.
This more simple type with thistle ends became popular with the Vikings that raided the British isles.
|Dimensions||7 × 14 cm|