TWIST & CURL PENANNULAR BROOCH NWSZ7894 The penannular brooch consists of an open-edged ring, with a rotating and sliding needle pin that vertically hinges both away or into the open ring and also slides horizontally around the length of the ring. It is used by resting the cloak upon your shoulders, while guiding the pin through the various layers of cloak fabric exposing the pin tip when complete. Then flipping the ring towards the exposed tip, and finally turning the ring so the pin stays snugly above it, thereby keeping the layers of fabric secure. The dark gray finish makes this brooch a versatile accessory to almost any cape or cloak, and will match well with virtually any scottish plaid you might wear. Hand forged with great attention to detail, this decorative brooch features a twisted matte black finished circular with curled ends, and twisted pin . This piece is both elegant and functional. This penannular brooch is perfect for Scottish re-enactments, costume for film and theatre, LARP and Ren Fairs.
• Diameter: 3 3/4'' • Thickness: 6 mm • Material: Forged Iron • Weight: .8 oz
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.
Brooches were worn by both men and women, usually singly at the shoulder by men and on the breast by women, the pin pointing up; an Irish law code says that in the event of injury from a pin to another person, the wearer is not at fault if the pin did not project too far and the brooch was worn in these ways by the sexes.
Elaborate brooches were clearly significant expressions of status at the top of society, which were also worn by clergy, at least in Ireland, though probably to fasten copes and other vestments rather than as everyday wear. The Senchas Mhor, an early Irish law tract, specified that the sons of major kings, when being fostered, should have "brooches of gold having crystal inserted in them", while the sons of minor kings need wear only silver brooches.