Scottish kilt pin/brooch, Grouse Foot with glass ‘gem’, early 20th century
Scottish Kilt Pin, made from a Grouse foot with silvered metal cap, with a deer’s head and amber coloured glass gem inset.
Unmarked, earlier 20th century
Condition: good, minor signs of age
This is an actual preserved foot of a Grouse, a popular game bird. These ‘feet’ were considered a lucky charm, especially good for successful hunts, but helpful in other every-day situations as well. They were worn by both men and women on kilts, shawls, sashes and cloaks and given as a sign of affection or worn as lucky charms.
This belonged to Marian Macmillan, known locally as ‘Lady Marian Macmillan’.