Large Antique Irish Plaid Pin Brooch Blue Enamel Celtic Motif

The idea of plait work, intricately woven lines, in knot design began in Italy and southern Gaul, which spread to Ireland by the 7th Century AD. These knot designs can be traced back to the 3rd Century BC, where they were used on Ancient Roman floor mosaics. Historians believe that there is likely little meaning to them at all. But with time and culture, symbolism has been placed. These designs are made up of lines without a beginning or an end, representing eternity and typically surrounded around the subjects of love, friendship, loyalty, and unbreakable barriers.

This antique Irish blue enamel Celtic brooch pin was handcrafted around 1850. It was made in silver, most likely in Ireland. It measures 63.4 mm in circumference. There are no marks and it has been acid tested. This round brooch features three distinct knot designs surrounded by brilliant blue enamel. I believe it may have originally been set in the center with a large cairngorm. This heavy brooch weighs 50.2 grams, it would be excellent to hold a plaid, or on a suit jacket.

The influence of Christianity seeped into the Celtic civilization around 450 AD, after the use of spirals, step patterns and key patterns had been well-established within the culture. Of course, these motifs found their way into early Christian manuscripts, such as the Book of Kells, from 800 AD, which also bore depictions of plants, animals, and people.

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