Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! I am feeling the love today at the museum after finding these beautiful Luckenbooth brooches in our collection. Below is just a selection of our wonderful brooches.
The Lukenbooth brooch is a highly appropriate object for this day, as it is a traditional Scottish token of love given to couples who were going to be wed. Lunckenbooth brooches as you can see from our selection are traditionally in the shape of a heart, and gained their name in the 18th century from the place they were sold- the locked booths of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile jewellery shops.
As well as being a love token these brooches were also ‘worn to keep off ill-e’e’, in other words they were used to ward off the evil eye and to protect the wearer.
This dual purpose would make them a lovely Valentine’s Day present, as it both demonstrates your feelings and protects the one you love!