A silver Luckenbooth brooch, circa 1870.

A silver Luckenbooth, circa 1870.


A silver Luckenbooth brooch, circa 1870.  A Luckenbooth is an old Scots word for the locked booths that were situated on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh going back to the 15th century.  The Luckenbooth brooch is traditionally a Scottish love token.  It is two interlocked hearts to represent true love, with a crown representing loyalty.  It is normally given by a loved one to be worn over their heart, or a nursing mother to aid her milk flow or on the clothing of a baby to ward off evil spirits.

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