Stylized dirk brooch features imitation agate stones in an elaborate, antiqued, gold tone setting. The top of the 3 inch brooch features a thistle flower, the national flower of Scotland. Originally such a pin may have adorned a kilt during a ceremonial dirk dance.
Thistle legends abound but perhaps the most interesting one dates back to the mid 13th century during a surprise invasion by Viking soldiers. After coming ashore, the Viking force planned to stealthily attack the Scottish Clansmen and Highlanders while they slept. The Vikings were barefoot, according to the legend, to maintain their quiet approach. Unfortunately, the field they tried to creep over was filled with thistle, causing the unwary invaders to cry out, loudly enough to wake the sleeping Scots, hence no stealth. Because of the heroic role the plant played in the outcome of the battle, the thistle was immediately chosen as a national emblem.
This brooch is in great condition with no issues, and is unsigned. Great find with lots of history!