This stunning antique silver grouse claw kilt pin originates from Scotland and features the foot or claw from a grouse.
The claw is set in a very simple setting which is quite unusual and emphasises the claw itself. 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.
The age of this claw is highlighted by the wearing away of the feathers so that the scales are shown underneath. This ageing has given the pin a slightly macabre appearance. It has a simple catch and dates from the late 19th/early 20th century.
This unusual taxidermy brooch measures just under 6cm at its longest point. This is an antique piece so shows signs of age to both the claw and the silver. This must have been a worn often. All claws are secure. There is a slight movement in the setting.
If you'd like to know more about the history of grouse claw kilt pins, please take a look at my blog.
Please note the box is not included.