Plain Brass Penannular Brooches

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(10 customer reviews)


  • Simple and functional
  • Inexpensive
  • Gets the job done!
  • Hand-formed and hammered brass
  • Traditional penannular design
  • Large: 3″
  • Medium: 2″
  • Small: 1.25″


Plain Brass Penannular Brooches

If you’re looking for a penannular brooch that’s simple and functional, these are just what you need! They’re inexpensive, and they get the job done! Hand-formed and hammered brass in a traditional design.

The 3 inch large brooch is perfect for great kilts, ancient kilts, fly plaids earasaids, Renaissance attire and more.

The 2 inch medium brooch is good for almost anything, including fastening ancient kilts and plaids.

The 1 1/4 small brooch is just right for sashes and scarves.

  • Simple and functional
  • Inexpensive
  • Gets the job done!
  • Hand-formed and hammered brass
  • Traditional penannular design
  • Large: 3″
  • Medium: 2″
  • Small: 1.25″

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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 resembles those worn by the sons of major kings, because of the crystal inserts.

Additional information

Weight 0.32 lbs
Brooch Size

Small (1.25 in), Medium (2 in), Large (3 in)

10 reviews for Plain Brass Penannular Brooches

  1. J A

    Exactly what I was looking for. It arrived in a very timely fashion. Thanks.

  2. Erik

    Very simple, well made, and inexpensive penannular brooch to go with my great kilt. Came as part of a multiple-item order of Christmas gifts to my wife and daughter. Plan on shopping here again! Thanks!

  3. Kristie Wommack

    Simply perfect! Ordered the large brooch and was surprised how sturdy it is for such a low price. Just what I wanted!

  4. Tobin J

    Ordered the Small as a kilt pin and the Medium as a shoulder brooch.. both look very good and achieve the not-so-flashy look I was after.

  5. Darwin C

    I am very pleased with this purchase.

  6. Joy K.

    Exactly as pictured and fast delivery, Thanks!

  7. Mark M.

    works great with my wool and poly-blend kilts, fits the look of an Ancient or Great Kilt

  8. TomBrend

    Ordered a medium for pinning a thick wool cloak. These are excellent, just the size I wanted. The pins are sharp enough to penetrate wool without being sharp enough to impale your finger with. I am very happy with it.

  9. Jonathan G.

    Exactly what I was looking for in a simple, well made Penannular for my great kilt. Thanks!

  10. Nathan H

    I ordered these Penannulars for my wedding outfits, we’re doing great kilts, hand-made. and this was the perfect addition to it, they look rustic and aged, so they look good with the outfit. Still shiny not to turn you off with the “aged” statement, they just look time appropriate. The shipment came on time and prompt. They we’re delivered in good packaging. I was very happy with my purchase. Don’t normally leave reviews but this site did me right.

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