Classic Wrought Iron Penannular Brooch
Classic Wrought Iron Penannular Brooch

Classic Wrought Iron Penannular Brooch

5.00 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
12 Customer review
  • Made of wrought iron
  • Simple and affordable
  • Historically accurate
  • Uniquely hand-forged
  • 3 inch diameter
  • Most versatile size
  • Like the one worn by Jamie Fraser!


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Classic Wrought Iron Penannular Brooch

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.

Our Wrought Iron Penannular Brooch is simple, affordable, and historically accurate. Because they are hand-forged, each one is unique. Very cool! The 3 inch diameter makes it a very versatile size. An excellent choice for fastening your great kilt, ancient kilt, earasaid, or fly plaid.

  • Made of wrought iron
  • Simple and affordable
  • Historically accurate
  • Uniquely hand-forged
  • 3 inch diameter
  • Most versatile size
  • Like the one worn by Jamie Fraser!

Be aware —wrought iron will rust if not properly cared for. Your brooch will arrive packed in protective coating of oil. This keeps them from rusting in storage and transit. Just wipe it clean with a paper towel before first use. Keep it dry and you’ll be good to go. You may want to coat it once in a while with a good rust-inhibiting oil (such as products typically used to clean and protect guns).

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The Celtic Croft carries a wide selection of penannular brooches, as well as plaid brooches and smaller, decorative brooches and pins. If you like our 3 Stone Penannular Brooch, you might also like our Dal Riata Brooch, or our Cornish Pewter Celtic Penannular Brooch. They are visually the most similar of our brooches. 

Our most popular penannular brooch is our Classic Wrought Iron Penannular Brooch! Our Plain Brass Penannular Brooch comes in at a close second. Customers prefer the large size of the Plain Brass Penannular Brooch, since it functions the best as a fly plaid brooch. We recommend the smaller sizes (small and medium) for shawls, sashes, and decorative touches. 

You’ll love our line of plant and animal penannular brooches! Bestsellers in this category include our Wolf, Dragon, Raven, Thistle, and Griffon brooches. We also carry Lion, Bear, Cat, Boar, Ram, and Falcon brooches. 

The History of The Penannular Brooch

Also known as the “Celtic brooch”, the penannular brooch is used to fasten clothes. Our customers often use them to fasten fly plaids, the aprons of ancient kilts, and the extra fabric of great kilts. Jamie Fraser from OUTLANDER wears one to fasten his great kilt (one similar to our Wrought Iron brooch). The name comes from the fact that it is made of an incomplete ring. People associate them with the British Isles of the Early Medieval period the most.

People of Iron Age Europe first used them for the practical purpose of fastening clothing. Elites of Ireland and Scotland from 700-900 owned highly ornate brooches made of precious metal. They are the most significant non-religious metalwork from Early Medieval Celtic art. Celts continued to use more simple brooches, such as a thistle brooch, into the 11th century Viking age in Ireland and Scotland.

Both men and women wore these brooches. The men wore them at the shoulder and women at the breast with the pin pointing up. An Irish law stated that the wearer was not at fault for an injury sustained from the pin of a brooch if the pin is pointed up and does not project too far out.[2]         

Elites and clergy in Ireland wore the most elaborate brooches. The clergy likely wore them only for ceremonial purposes to fasten copes and other vestments. An Irish statute stated that sons of major kings that are fostered should wear gold brooches with crystal inserts. The sons of minor kings only needed to wear silver brooches. This means that our 3 Stone Penannular Brooch likely resembles those worn by the sons of major kings, because of the crystal inserts.

12 reviews for Classic Wrought Iron Penannular Brooch

  1. Cindy McGarry

    What a beautiful brooch! It will be perfect with my Renaissance garb, which varies between Celtic and Viking. Thanks so much!

  2. Trina

    Super service….. I needed this item for an event, and they expedited the shipping “in the spirit of the season” to get it to me in time!
    That’s REAL customer service!

  3. Gary Inglis

    Great pennanular brooche!!!!!

  4. Sam

    Love this with my sash; perfect! Distinctive, yet simple. Perfect with casual Highland dress!

  5. Chris S

    Sturdy. Looks primitive and authentic. Perfect for my garb.

  6. Luann

    A beautiful brooch. Great antique look. Can’t beat the price either.

  7. Les Lannom

    I had looked high and low for a reasonably priced pennanular brooch to wear with my belted plaid. I needed something that was large enough and substantial enough to hold the plaid over my shoulder and look appropriate. The brooch, when I received it, was absolutely perfect in every way. I appreciate that it is hand wrought and in a style that was worn before and during the Jacobite period. I had, in fact, nearly resigned myself to the idea that, should I want something appropriate to my needs, I was going to have to fashion it myself! Pleasant surprise!! This piece is properly rustic, in its design, and perfectly functional in its wearing. I couldn’t be happier with it. I am a bagpiper and favor the older Jacobite style of dress when I perform. This couldn’t be better.

  8. Collin M

    Received in great condition, excellent piece of work

  9. Janet McGready

    Excellent! Looks like an antique. WIll hold a heavy kilt/shawl/woolen scarf. Reminds me of OUTLANDER. A great buy!

  10. Mike

    I love classics this one is a gift for my wife.

  11. Dominic

    The brooch looks absolutely great. Can’t wait to use it with my plaid. Thank you Celtic Croft!!!

  12. Becky

    Wonderful price for such a historic looking piece! I look forward to wearing it with my arisaid.

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