An antique Scottish grouse foot kilt pin in an engraved silver setting.
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 around the 1990’s.
This unusual taxidermy brooch measures approx. 8.5cm at its longest point. All claws are secure. The middle claw is missing the usual ring to attach it to the clasp. However, the claw is still firmly attached and poses no problem. There is some wear to one of claws which is shown in the photos.
The silver setting is plain and engraved in the traditional thistle style. The claw itself has white feathers towards the claws with dappled brown feathers closest to the setting.
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.