There is a legend which relates how a sleeping party of Scots warriors were almost set upon by an invading band of Vikings and were only saved when one of the attackers trod on a wild thistle with his bare feet. His cries raised the alarm and the roused Scots duly defeated the Danes. In gratitude, the plant became known as the Guardian Thistle and was adopted as the symbol of Scotland.
Scottish silver, gold and amethyst thistle brooch Edinburgh 1959 2" tall and 1 1/2" across with a central section of 2 thistles with amethyst heads and with a ring of thistle patterns around the edge with the thistle heads and leaves in 9ct gold. It is clearly hallmarked for Edinburgh 1959 and it has the maker's mark for Ward Brothers who were renowned for their Iona style brooches. This brooch was made in Scotland and hallmarked in Edinburgh so it is a genuine Scottish item. $295