Ring brooch (front)

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made in Inverness

Postcard of Ring brooch (front).
© National Museums Scotland

Ring brooch (front)

A ring brooch is a simple ring of brass, bronze or silver with a free swivelling pin. This is the front of a silver ring brooch made in Inverness by Thomas Borthwick around 1775.

The front is decorated with a pattern of deer's heads and flowers.

Ring brooches were popular in the north of Scotland from the 17th century and were worn by women to pin their shawls together.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-478-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NGA 61
Date: Around 1775
c. 1775
Material: Silver. Inscription: I.M"I.M.R.
Dimensions: 76 mm D
What: Brooch
Subject: Jewellery - brooches with old-type pins (NMAS Classification)
Who: Thomas Borthwick, Inverness (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Inverness
Description: Circular silver brooch ornamented with deers' heads and flowers, inscribed on the back "I.M" and "I.M.R.", by Thomas Borthwick, Inverness, c. 1775
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