This is the latest in our line of penannular brooches and shawl pins. This is excellent for scarves and shoulder tartan too. We had so many requests for a small penannular we developed this size which works on almost any garment. This is a traditional Celtic style brooch that was completely designed and hand crafted by James Boyle. It is cast in fine, lead free, jeweler's pewter and antiqued by hand as shown in the picture. This is a wonderful, small, penannular brooch that actually works like the originals dug up in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is 1 3/4 inches across and finely detailed. To wear this brooch the fabric is drawn through the center opening and then the pin part is rotated, thus trapping the fabric so the pin cannot release while being worn . The Vikings also used this type of brooch to fasten their capes and cloaks about their shoulders. Many have been found in Norse graves. It is perfect to pin a heavy shawl or cape. We sell these to reenacting, and renaissance fair people and they have been a hugely popular. They are used frequently by our spinning and weaving customers to pin their shawls. The tongue pin part will slip through coarse or fine weave without leaving a big hole as some brooches of this kind do. Do to its size and weight this design works best on a light or medium weight fabric. Very light weight material like very fine, cashmere shawls may be a little too light however. If you want a brooch that is very adaptible this may be the one for you.