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Title Black Watch plaid brooch, hallmarked 1905
Nationality Scottish
Period 1905

The two main pieces of this are fully hallmarked for the maker, Kirkwood & Sons, Edinburgh. 'GFBL' is scratched on the reverse, almost certainly for Geoffrey Francis Bowes-Lyon (1886-1951, cousin of the late Queen Mother), first commissioned 29/11/05, captain 29/11/14, wounded in WW1, served as adjutant in the 5th Battalion, retired 2/7/21.

These plaid brooches were worn in full dress uniform when the plaid was worn over the shoulder in imitation of the 18th century manner from roughly the time of the Crimea onwards until certainly 1914 and possibly later.

This has seen some service wear, with a few nicks and dings here and there, but overall the condition is superb and the relief features of St Andrew on his cross are nice and sharp. The central figure and the wreath are bolted to the frame of the plaid brooch with small nuts.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : Scottish : 19th Century]


I receive[d] the parcel today and am very happy with the swords.

Many thanks again and look forward to doing business with you again,

A M, UK, 22.10.2012

Thank you for careful packaging and prompt shipping.

G K, Canada, 07.09.2011