This stunning brooch or kilt pin originates from Scotland and features the foot or claw from a grouse.
This claw has a fluffy appearance with whitish dappled feathers from the winter ‘coat’. It has a beautiful silver setting with traditional patterned engraving to the silver. There is a large orange coloured citrine stone on the end and a smaller citrine stone on the middle claw of the same colour. The clasp is a simple design with a pin and a catch, the pin is a little bent.
The metal has tested silver but there is no makers mark.
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 early 20th century.
This unusual taxidermy brooch measures approx. 6cm at its longest point. This is an antique piece but is in excellent condition. All claws are secure and undamaged and the claw sits firmly in the silver setting.
If you'd like to know more about the history of grouse claw kilt pins, please take a look at my blog.