Product DescriptionThis pewter kilt pin is made in the UK and was designed by (and is exclusive to) USA Kilts. This kilt pin is a pewter sword with a gold colored Welsh dragon logo on it. The result is a beautiful and unique kilt pin, perfect for any Welshman's kilt.
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- Nice look Joanna
Quality Price ValueMatches belt buckle nicely, good detail. Sword nice and sturdy. Pin part feels a little flimsy but kept it all together in a 30 mph wind at the local Highland Games. (Posted on 7/4/2015)
- Beautiful Joe
Quality Price ValueThis is a wonderful kilt pin! (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Great touch for my Welsh heritage John Davis
Value Quality PriceI haven't seen this pin at ANY other store. It is the perfect way to honor my Welsh heritage on my Scottish kilt. (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Nice Kilt Pin Pastor Dan
Quality Price ValueVery nice looking kilt pin, glad I bought it. (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Great pin Tim
Price Value QualityI purchased this with my kilt. It is beautiful, I get compliments from everyone who see it. (Posted on 10/14/2014)
- Not cheap crap Todd
Price Value QualityVery solid and sturdy pin and a lot better quality than I initially thought it would be. (Posted on 10/14/2014)
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Buyers GuideThe Kilt pin is worn on the lower right corner of the kilt’s apron (above the wearer’s right knee). Typically, the pin is positioned about 5” up from the bottom of the kilt (the bottom of the pin is 5” up) and about 2” in from the right edge of the front apron. Please note that it does NOT pin multiple layers of cloth together… it only goes through the front apron.
- 100% Pewter
- Made in UK
- Measures 3.9" long by 1.5" wide
If you don’t want to lose your kilt pin, try this… carefully poke the pin through the front apron of your kilt. With the pin sticking out the underside, stab the pin through a rubber band (usually a wide rubber band is easier). You can trim the rubber band so that you only use a little square. Then, poke the pin through the front apron again and close the clasp. If the clasp comes undone, the kilt pin will be held by the rubber band and won’t fall off.
The red Welsh Dragon appears on the national flag of Wales. The oldest recorded use of the dragon to symbolize Wales is from the Historia Brittonum, written around 820, but it is popularly supposed to have been the battle standard of King Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders. During the reigns of the Tudor monarchs, the red dragon was used as a supporter in the English crown's coat of arms. The red dragon is often seen as a shorthand for all things Welsh, being used by many indigenous public and private institutions today.
In the Mabinogion story Lludd and Llefelys, the red dragon fights with an invading White Dragon. His pained shrieks cause women to miscarry, animals to perish and plants to become barren. Lludd, king of Britain, goes to his wise brother Llefelys in France. Llefelys tells him to dig a pit in the centre of Britain, fill it with mead, and cover it with cloth. Lludd does this, and the dragons drink the mead and fall asleep. Lludd imprisons them, still wrapped in their cloth, in Dinas Emrys in Snowdonia (Welsh: Eryri).
The tale is taken up by Nennius in the Historia Brittonum. The dragons remain at Dinas Emrys for centuries until King Vortigern tries to build a castle there. Every night the castle walls and foundations are demolished by unseen forces. Vortigern consults his advisers, who tell him to find a boy with no natural father, and sacrifice him. Vortigern finds such a boy (who is later, in some tellings, to become Merlin) who is supposed to be the wisest wizard to ever live. On hearing that he is to be put to death to solve the demolishing of the walls, the boy dismisses the knowledge of the advisors. The boy tells the king of the two dragons. Vortigern excavates the hill, freeing the dragons. They continue their fight and the red dragon finally defeats the white dragon. The boy tells Vortigern that the white dragon symbolises the Saxons and that the red dragon symbolises the people of Vortigern. If Vortigern is accepted to have lived in the fifth century, then these people are the British whom the Saxons failed to subdue and who became the Welsh.
The same story is repeated in Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain, where the red dragon is also a prophecy of the coming of King Arthur. It is notable that Arthur's father was Uther Pendragon ("chief dragon").
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