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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.

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[Militaria : Badges : Scottish : 19th Century]


The day the blunderbuss arrives I could not stop looking and feeling the gun for at least one hour. My wife told me that I was sick........ I am very happy, it is a piece of craftsmanship! Well made! I have 5 blunderbusses but all iron barrel, also from England but this one is gorgeous with the Brass Barrel.

Please keep me informed when you have any other type of blunderbuss. Thanks my friend!

M R, USA, 04.08.2011

Received eagle today, exellent and well wrapped, thank you.

D T, UK, 15.02.2006