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Golden Thistle Kilt Pin

The Two Color Thistle Kilt Pin is a classic mid- to late 20th century-era design featuring a central thistle complemented with a pair of paste stones


The Golden Thistle Kilt Pin is a classic mid- to late 20th century-era vintage design featuring a central thistle complemented with a golden citrine stone. The form reflects several designs from different costume jewelry makers of the era particularly Miracle and Jacobite. A higher end costume piece, the pin tests as a gold-tone wash over base metal with a glass stone. The hallmark reads 2018, although that may be a model number. Measures approximately 1.5 inches across. An ideal first pin for young Scottish enthusiasts.

The Scottish Thistle

Found across the Scottish nation, the beautiful purple thistle was first used as a royal symbol of Scotland in 1470. In fact, according to legend, the lowly thistle was instrumental in turning the tides of a Norse invasion at the Battle of Largs in 1263.

An invading battalion of Norsemen, on orders from King Haakon of Norway, landed in Ayrshire. They intended to subdue the Scots as Scotland was, at that time, part of the Kingdom of Norway. Removing their footwear to better surprise the sleeping Scots, the Norse invaders crept through the nighttime darkness until one of Haakon’s soldiers trod across a patch of prickly thistles. His cries of pain woke the Clansmen of Scotland. Alerted to the approaching army, the Clansmen rallied and drove off the invaders, securing Scotland’s freedom for another few generations.

Material: Gold-tone over base metals, glass gem

Era: Mid- to late 20th century

Artist: Unknown (unhallmarked)

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