This large Celtic design brooch is the type known as an annular or ring brooch.
It is sterling silver, 3 inches in diameter and designed for use as a plaid brooch.
Original design 2001, copyright Stephen Walker.
Back of Hunter Brooch
Annular or ring brooches are medieval and later brooch types that work like a buckle. A gather of cloth is pulled through a circular opening and pierced by a pin, which is hinged to a point on the ring. The cloth tightens as it is pulled back through the opening and the pin holds its position firmly. Historically these brooches may be cast or in the case of many Jacobite period brooches made from wrought sheet metal. Annular brooches are much more secure than penannular brooches, however they are more difficult to use. With Highland dress it is common to leave an annular brooch attached to the plaid when it is taken off. Watch the film Rob Roy for a demonstration.
5 June 01