A vintage Scottish grouse foot kilt pin in a silver metal setting with a beautiful deep purple stone.
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 almost 8cm at its longest point. All claws are secure but the middle claw has some damage to the very end. There is some wear to the tops of the claws.
The silver metal is plain and bright and the large purple stone is held with four claws. There is a circular shape ‘ring’ securing the middle claw to the pin. The claw itself is white in colour 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.