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This lovely thistle with a twist of leaves scrolling around the flower and open work on the thistle itself makes a lovely brooch for a kilt, sweater or coat.
Polished pewter. 4" x 1" in size. 2 1/2 inch steel locking pin.
Kilt pins are NOT just for kilts! This pin is made with an extra strong pin to handle thicker fabrics - making it the perfect pin for coats, jackets, skirts, hats or anywhere else a pin would look beautiful. It is a great pin for a ladies cape or ruana wrap!
How and why do I wear a kilt pin?
Ever since Queen Victoria reputedly used her hat pin to secure her kilted skirt modestly on a blustery day, a kilt pin has been worn with a traditional kilt. Its style is entirely a matter of your personal choice. It should be on the right hand side of the kilt, pinned through the front apron only (to prevent tearing) about 4 inches from the bottom of the kilt and 2 inches in from the fringe.
About the Thistle
The prickly purple thistle is the national emblem of Scotland. Ever present in fields and pastures throughout Scotland, thistle has been Scotland's emblem for centuries. The first use as a royal symbol was on silver coins issued by James III in 1470.
The Lovely Symbolism of the Thistle Flower
The thistle represents overcoming adversity and difficult situations. It’s a symbol of resilience. In Celtic regions, the thistle represents devotion, bravery, determination, and strength. In addition, the thistle is considered a symbol of protection. It is also called the “flower of the sun“ and is used as protection against evildoers. The thistle is often seen on the front doors of Celtic homes. The flower’s pink and purple colors represent nobility and royalty.