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This is a rare and unusual early 20th century gamsbart.

What is a gamsbart? It is a tuft of hair traditionally worn as a decoration on trachten-hats in the alpine regions of Austria and Bavaria. Originally worn as a hunting trophy and made exclusively from hair from the chamois' lower neck.

Originally, I had thought this was a kilt pin and it would likely be paired with an animal hair sporran. Here is wha I had written before - just in case you were one of the many watchers who will remember the verbiage re: kilt pins. Kilt pins are used to keep the flap of the kilt closed. The legend goes that when a certain soldier known for bravery visited Queen Victoria, a strong wind blew at his kilt and made it difficult him to maintain his position while trying to be modest - they wore nothing under the kilts. It is said that the Queen took a brooch from her own attire and pinned the soldier's kilt closed.

This pin features the symbols of St. Hubert, the Patron Saint of Hunters. Saint Hubert or Hubertus, also known as the "Apostle of the Ardennes," lived in the 7th Century. He is said to have been hunting on Good Friday and saw the vision of a stag or elk with a cross between its antlers. He was so moved, he became devoted to both his faith and the welfare of animals and their natural environment

Material: I believe this pin is made of pewter and was probably custom made.

Description: The pin is in the shape of a conical vessel and contains a sheaf of animal hair. At first I thought it was horse hair, but then I realized it is most likely the hair of the animal featured on the front (which I think is an Elk). The top and the bottom of the cone vessel are adorned with what looks like horseshoes and acorns. The centered image seems to have been soldered on to the cone, as has a pin on the back. This image consists of a stag's head with a cross between its antlers, and a bull's eye beneath its head, encircled by a wreath of oak leaves. There is a small brass knob on one side that appears to anchor the sheaf of hair. Additionally there is an adjustable loop that encircles the sheaf of hair that can be moved up or down.

Dimensions: The pin measures approximately 4.75" long x 1.75" wide at the top of the hair.

Condition: It is in very good antique condition, and would be an extraordinary addition to any collection.

Not for sure, but this pin may have some Masonic connection.

Please see photos.

Shipping via USPS. Other methods available, please inquire. I will ship worldwide WHERE ALLOWED. Since this has animal hair in it, it may not be permitted everywhere. Pleas inquire prior to purchase.

Please CONVO with questions.

RESERVED RESERVED Antique Gamsbart St. Hubert Cross Deer Elk Hair Pewter Pin


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: metal, pewter, animal hair
  • Only ships within United States.
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