Penannular Brooches, Fibulas, Shawl Pins and Kilt Pins


Last Updated on July 18, 2015


This section offers a selection of handmade pennanulars in sterling silver and base metals. These items are handmade and we usually only have one of each in stock at any given time, so availability is subject to prior sale.  We do our best to keep up, but weekend sales may take a couple of days to update. Unless otherwise marked, we currently have one of each penannular currently in stock. If you're interested in any items that are marked Out of stock, contact us as construction of similar items is usually possible.  If you have any questions, especially those related to shipping time and availability, please call us.

NOTE: Just as different weights of material are best suited to different conditions, so are some penannulars better suited to certain weights of material. The total weight of fabric pulling on the pennanular is a critical factor, as is the structure and material of the pennanular itself. A short, heavy-weight wool should be OK with a pennanular rated medium. A pennanular which is itself heavy, should not be used on a light-weight fabric, and tightly woven fabrics should have eyelets. The "Recommended Use" column provides our generic recommendations on which weights of fabric each pennanular is best suited to.


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How to use a penannular brooch to hold a cloak together:
1. Swing the pin to the outside of the penannular ring.
2. Holding the pin, insert it through the fabric layers, so the pin slides through fabric from both sides and out onto the surface again.
3. Swing the penannular back over the pin.
4. Rotate the ring so that the opening is above the pin.
5. Pass the pin up through the opening, then turn the ring beneath it to keep the fabric from sliding off.


NOTE: Slight variation in size, shape, and design
is likely as most of these are handmade.
Price
Dimensions
(Clasped, Inches)

Recommended Use
Penannulars under 2" in size
 PEN0217 Twist Penannular with Brown Catseye stones
Handmade, twisted Copper and Jewelers Brass
Three large faceted Brown catseye glass stones
Item # PEN0217

$32
1" x 1"
Medium
PENC150
Copper/Nickel Silver Twist Penannular with Two Stones
Handmade, Copper, Nickel Silver
round Blue Glass Settings
Item #PENC150

$27

1.5" x 1.5"

Medium
Penannulars under 3" in size
PENC152
Arrow and Pin
Handmade, Brass
Large Round Blue Glass Settings
Item #PENC152

$25
2" x 2"
Medium
 PEN0216 Tri-twist Penannular with Green stones
Handmade, Copper, Nickel Silver, Brass
Two Green glass stone accents
Item # PEN0216

$34
2" x 2"
Medium
 PEN0214 Twisted Copper & Jewelers Brass Penannular with Blue Stones
Handmade, Twisted Copper and Yellow Brass Band
3 medium sized round Blue glass stone accents
Item # PEN0214

$39
2" x 2.75"
Medium
 PEN0213G Twisted Copper and Nickel Silver Penannular with Green Cats Eye glass stones
Handmade, Copper and Nickel Silver band
Three Green Cats Eye glass stone accents
Item # PEN0213G
$45 2" x 2"
Medium
 PEN0211 Tri-Twist Penannular with round Green stones
Handmade, twisted Copper, Nickel Silver, and Jewelers Brass
Three medium round Green glass stones
Item # PEN0211

$39
2" x 2"
Medium
 PEN0207 Twisted Copper and Jewelers Brass Penannular with round Red stones
Handmade, twisted Copper and Jewelers Brass
Three small round Red glass stones
Item # PEN0207

$39
2" x 2"
Medium
PENC155
Simple Brass Penannular
Handmade, Brass
Item #PENC155

$28

2" x 2"

Medium
PEN0224
Copper and Silver Twist Penannular
Handmade, Reclaimed Copper and Nickel Silver Twist Penannular
with two Green Cats Eye glass stones and one Blue Cats Eye glass stone
Item #PEN0224

$39

2" x 2"

Medium
PENC167
Copper/Brass Twist Penannular with Stones
Handmade, Copper, Brass
two Green and One Blue Glass Settings
Item #PENC167

$39

2.25" x 2.5"

Medium
 PEN0209 Twisted Copper and Nickel Silver Penannular
Handmade, Copper, Nickel Silver, Brass with
Three medium round Red glass stones
Item # PEN0209

$39
2" x 2"
Medium
 PEN0206 Twisted Copper and Nickel Silver Penannular with oval Red stones
Handmade, twisted Copper and Jewelers Brass
Three medium oval Red glass stones
Item # PEN0206

$59
2" x 3"
Medium
Round End Celtic Knot Penannular, Medium
Pewter, Stainless Steel Pin
Item # PEN0037
4 in stock
$25

2" x 2"

Medium
Penannulars over 3" in size

Squared End Celtic Penannular Brooch, Large
Mass-produced, Pewter
Item# PEN0038
6 in stock

$35.00

3" x 3"

Medium
PEN0203 Twisted Nickel Silver and Jewelers Brass Penannular with Green glass stones
Handmade, Nickel Silver and Jewelers Brass
Two oval Green and one Amber glass stone accents
Item # PEN0203

$59
3" x 3"
Medium
PEN0201 Twisted Gryphon Penannular
Handmade, Copper and Jewelers Brass
Two brass Gryphon accents
Item # PEN0201

$59
3" x 3"
Medium
PEN0202 Tri-twist Penannular with Victorian Flourish and Green stone
Handmade, Copper, Nickel Silver, Brass
Two large Victorian Flourish ends with a Green glass stone accent
Item # PEN0202

$59
3" x 3"
Medium
 PEN0204 Twisted Copper and Nickel Silver Penannular with Red stones
Handmade, twisted Copper and Nickel Silver
Three large oval Red glass stone accents
Item # PEN0204

$59
3" x 3"
Medium


Floral Kilt Pin in Antiqued Silver Finish
Mass-produced, Pewter
Item# PEN0039ST

8 in stock


$10.00

3.00 x 0.875"

Medium


Floral Kilt Pin in Antiqued Brass Finish
Mass-produced
Item# PEN0039BT

12 in stock


$10.00

3.00 x 0.875"

Medium



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It may be possible to create a similar penannular.
If you are interested in any of the previous pieces please contact us for availability and ordering information.




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The penannular brooch, or the Celtic brooch is a circular clothes fastener, most often used as a cloak pin, or fastener for thick broadweave cloth. Typical clothes fastener of early medieval Ireland - Celtic Brooches feature a long pin attached by its head to a ring; the pin can move freely around the ring as far as the terminals, which are close together. In the true penannular type, the ring is not closed; there is a gap between the terminals wide enough for the pin to pass through. The term 'penannular' is used for brooches like this which have a gap in their hoop.The penannular cloak pin is a simple and efficient way of fastening loosely woven cloth (where the pin will not leave a permanent hole)

Both men and women of rank in Ireland wore brooches of this form: first the pin was stabbed through the folds of a cloak and then one end of the ring was pushed under the sharp end of the pin where it came out of the cloth. The ring was then turned until the pin tip lay securely locked in place beyond the raised bump of the decorated terminal.

These pins are also great decorative fasteners for kilts, shawls and sweaters. While the celtic brroches of old were gold and silver, ours are jewelers brass, pewter, stainless steel or nickel silver.


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