Beautifully detailed .925 handcrafted sterling silver Dragon Sword Kilt Pin depicting a winged dragon overlaid on a Scottish Claymore Sword with a Thistle Handle.
3-3/4″ in length.
The kilt pin is an integral part of the full Highland Dress that is widely believed to have made its appearance during the reign of Queen Victoria. During a visit to Balmoral Castle, the Queens favorite Scottish residence, she was inspecting a regiment of Scottish soldiers. That day was a particularly windy day and Queen Victoria noticed a young soldier at rigid attention unable to control the flapping of his kilt and mortified at the thought of exposure. The Queen noticed the distress of the young soldier, walked over to him and removed a pin from her own clothing and placed it on the front apron of the soldiers kilt. It was believed that after that particular incident a decree went out from Queen Victoria making the kilt pin a permanent part of the Military Highland Dress.
Today the kilt pin is worn as a common accessory for both formal and casual dress which is worn on the right approximately 3-4 inches above the bottom of the front apron and 2-3 inches from the fringe.
The dragon is a mighty magical animal that appears in British and Welsh stories. It is, of course, a creature of fire but is also related to the Power of the Land. Another word for Ley Lines is Dragon Lines. Another name for raising power is to invoke the “Eye of the Dragon”. The whole Earth was viewed by the Druids as the body of the Dragon. Menhirs and stone Circles were located at great Power nodes. The Celts also called Dragons ‘Fire Drakes’.
Though Somerset has traditionally had a red dragon as an emblem, the red dragon is more commonly associated with Wales, as its national flag features a red dragon (Y Ddraig Goch). This may originate in Arthurian Legend where Myrddin, employed by Gwrtheyrn, had a vision of the red dragon (representing the Britons) and the white dragon (representing the invading Saxons) fighting beneath Dinas Emrys. This particular legend also features in the Mabinogion in the story of Lludd and Llefelys. The legendary house of Pendragon and Celtic Britain in general have become associated with the Welsh dragon standard after the fact.
In Germanic and Norse traditions, dragons were often depicted as a “Lindworm,” a variation on the serpentine creatures known as the wyvern. They usually appeared as monstrous serpents, sometimes with wings and legs, but more often as gigantic snake-like creatures than traditional dragons. The lindworms were seen as evil, a bad omen, and were often blamed for preying on cattle and other livestock. They were particularly greedy creatures, guarding hordes of treasure and most often living in underground caves. Often in Germanic and Norse stories lindworms are actually people whose own greed have led to their transformation into a creature that resembles their sins, the legends of Jormugand, who ate so much he grew to be proportional to the length of the Earth, and Fafnir, the human who killed his own father to inherit his wealth and became a dragon to protect his treasure, being the most famous.
In many cultures dragons are viewed as representing the primal forces in nature and the universe. They can alternately breathe fire, poison or ice. These abilities demonstrate that they are both creators and destroyers. Fire gives life (and sometimes death); ice and poison mete out death. Early muskets were named “dragons” due to their fire-spitting ability. Likewise, muskets can serve either to procure food and preserve life or to dole out death in battle.
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