The penannular brooch is all but essential for your Ancient Kilt or Great Kilt. You use it to keep your kilt pinned over your shoulder, or in the case of a Great Kilt, over both shoulders and pinned in the front. It makes an impressive addition to any outfit.
The "penannular" (in the form of a ring but with a small part of the circumference missing) brooch became popular in the Celtic world at least as far back as 600 AD. Made from bronze, iron, silver, and gold, penannular brooches remained popular all the way through the Viking era.
As popular and functional as our penannular brooches are, there's not much evidence that penannular brooches were actually in use durring the 1600's and 1700's when the Great Kilt came into its own. (However, it's hard to emphasize enough the lack of information about dress in the Scottish Highlands up through the early 1700's.) Instead, at that time, what evidence exists suggests that they were using "annular" or ring brooches. (We don't have any of these currently, but we're working on it!)
Penannular brooches became popular again in the early 18oo's, and were seen in many styles, from very simple to very ornate, just like our collection.