Scottish Silver Gilt Brooch
This small Scottish pin is features a purple stone in the shape of the heart, with thistles on either side. The thistle has been the symbol of Scotland since the 13th century, when the thorny thistle was instrumental in helping to win a decisive battle for the Scots. The purple hue of the stone in this brooch carries with it the strains of symbolic nobility, as it was featured on the crest of the Royal Stuart family. The purple heart also has a twisting gold rope surrounding it that comes to a point at the top, shaped into the symbol of infinity. This gold gilt pin features both the royal purple heart as well as the Scottish symbol of thistle.
Early 20th century
Silver gilt in gold, purple glass stone
Pin length measures 4.5 cm
Stone measures 1 x 1 cm