This stunning kilt pin which can also be worn as a brooch is formed from the foot or claw from a grouse bird.
Grouse foot pins were the traditional means by which to keep a kilt from gaping open and were worn when hunting grouse to bring good luck.
It has a simple catch and dates from the late 19th or early 20th century.
This unusual taxidermy brooch measures almost 10cm at its longest point. This is an antique piece but is in excellent condition. All claws are secure and undamaged. The claw appears to be held firmly in the silver setting but there is a small amount of movement.
The silver element of this piece is beautifully engraved with a simple pattern around the sides and on the end of the pin around the citrine stone. There is a shield shape securing the middle claw to the pin which is a charming shield shape. The claw itself is light brown in colour with a dappled appearance and the feathers have a slightly furry appearance.
If you are intending to use your kilt pin on a kilt, the traditional way to wear it is with the stone up with the claws of the grouse foot facing down.
If you'd like to know more about the history of grouse claw kilt pins, please take a look at my blog.