New Medieval Pewter Ring Brooches from Billy and Charlie

In the last several years we have added a lot of ring brooches to our line. These were probably the most commonly worn type of brooch in the High Middle Ages. We are proud to make them available for your use.

How do you put them on?

I'm glad you asked! The ring brooch is circular, with the pin hooked around the ring. To wear a ring brooch purely for decorative purposes, you reach down through the ring and grab a bit of the fabric of your garment. Pinch it and pull it up through the ring. Then ease the tip of the pin through the fabric - you will find that as everything straightens out the ring brooch is pulled nice and flat against the fabric. To use the brooch to close your shirt or chemise, just place it where the two sides come together and pull through a bit of fabric from each side - easy peasy!

 
 
 
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Heart-Shaped Ring Brooch with Stones.
The sweetest thing you've ever seen! Besides being authentic and beautiful, this is another good choice for a gift to a non-re-enacting friend or family member; I am currently collecting compliments from utter strangers by wearing it to hold my scarf closed on my way to work.

BR-64 Heart-Shaped Ring Brooch with Stones $7.00
HP2, no. 2145
1300-1400


Ring Brooch with 12 Stones.
Really pretty! The twelve stones are cast right into the pewter as it is poured into the mold. This is a small ring brooch (just over an inch/just under three centimeters) , suitable for wearing in a light linen chemise. Available in the colors shown.

BR-55 Ring Brooch with 12 Stones $8.00
HP2, no.2135
1300-1350


The Bird Ring Brooch is copied from a 14th- century Netherlandish example.

BR-53 Bird Ring Brooch $5.00
HP2, no. 2174
1300-1350


Laurel Wreath Ring Brooch.
The Laurel Wreath Ring Brooch interprets an SCA order badge into the form of a ring brooch, an extremely popular piece of jewelry in the Middle Ages. We sell this painted with a yellow stone in the pin, or unpainted with red, yellow, or olivene stone. Please specify which you prefer.

BR-51 Laurel Wreath Brooch $8.00 plain; $10.00 painted


Openwork Ring Brooch.
This is copied from a brooch in our collection; the original was found in the Netherlands.

BR-48 Openwork Ring Brooch $5.00



Quadrilobed Ring Brooch.
The original of this popular and attractive ring brooch is at Cluny; it was in collection of the antiquarian Victor Gay.

BR-43 Quadrilobed Ring Brooch $5.00
Cluny, no. 592
14th century


The Animal Ring Brooch
is copied from a partial example in the Museum of London, improved with information from a complete brooch in Bergen, Norway, dated to 1332 or just before.

BR-40 Animal Ring Brooch $5.00
DA, no. 1352
1300-1350


Round Ring Brooch

The Round Ring Brooch is copied from an original in our collection. See HP1, no. 873b for a similar, but larger brooch, dated 1375-1425. The paint jobs on the painted ones vary - let us know if you have a preferred color scheme.

BR-42 Round Ring Brooch $5.00 plain; $6.00 painted


Fede Brooch

The Fede Brooch (Ring Brooch with Clasped Hands) is an adaptation into pewter of silver and gold brooches shown in Lightbown. The inscription reads in medieval French, "ie sui ci en liu dami" - I am here in place of a friend. This brooch is among those which we have painted; many original pewter brooches were painted to make them look more like the precious metal examples. We use a modern faux enamel; the paint on the originals has not been identified, but it may have been oil-based.

BR-9 Fede Brooch $6.00
1-3/8" or 37mm
Lightbown


On to New Carnival Brooches!