Stag on Thistle Border Plaid Brooch
Scottish craftsmen make this stag on thistle border plaid brooch in cast brass and add an antiqued silver finish. This plaid brooch’s design consists of a stag mounted on a thistle border. It measures 3 1/4″, and has a large, sturdy pin. Matching buckle available.
- Made in Scotland
- Measures Approx. 3.25″
- Large, Sturdy Pin
- Cast Brass
- Antiqued Silver Finish
- Stag and Thistle Border Design
The Stag in Celtic Culture
In early history, which predates heraldry, the Scots and Irish saw the stag as a powerfully strong animal. In order to become a leader, one had to hunt and kill a stag using only a knife made from stag’s a horn. Candidates completed this rite in order to gain the wisdom and strength necessary to lead.
Celts have depicted the stag on their artifacts since as early as the 4th Century BCE. To this day, traditional Scottish dancers often imitate stags by stretching out their arms over their heads like antlers, and forming horns with their fingers. This buckle exemplifies the importance of the stag in Scottish culture. By wearing it, one pays homage to long standing Celtic tradition.
The Scottish Thistle: The Legend and Meaning
As the most well known and easily recognized symbol of Scotland, the thistle is also believed to be the oldest recorded national flower.
Legend has it that a field of thistles saved a party of sleeping Scots warriors from an ambush by Norse invaders. When one of the Norse attackers trod on a thistle field with his bare feet, his cries and screams roused the Scots. The ambush was made ineffective, and the Scots were able to defeat the invaders. The Scots’ victory was all thanks to the thistle’s thorns! The thistle was then adopted as the symbol of Scotland. It represents the bravery, devotion, durability, strength, and determination of the Celtic people.