This unusual vintage brooch originates from Scotland and features the foot or claw from a grouse, the national game bird of Scotland. It is encased in a silver setting with a thistle engraved on the top and a large bright amber coloured citrine stone is set into the silver at the back.
The citrine stone's vibrant colour represents a healthy mind and body, happiness and success.
This slightly macabre looking kilt pin can also be worn as a brooch.
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.
This unusual taxidermy brooch measures approx. 7.5cm at its longest point. This is a vintage item so shows signs of age and the middle (longest) claw is slightly wobbly.
If you'd like to know more about the history of grouse claw kilt pins, please take a look at my blog.
Please note that the box is not included.