Brooches are used to affix an Irish Brat to the shoulder of a jacket.
Originally, the brooch had a very practical purpose in keeping the upper portion of the brat in place. They vary in style, but to be effective, they should be two or more inches in diameter. A heavy brooch is useful for pulling the front of the brat down, counterbalancing the weight of the fabric draping down the back.
Some men dislike piercing their jackets repeatedly with a rather large pin. Instead they pin the underside of the brat to the jacket with a smaller safety pin and pin the brooch through the brat alone.
All brooches are made in the United Kingdom.
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All prices are in Canadian funds.