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Skull & Crossbones Buttons Project

Alastair Callum

Fred was getting married and wanted a kilt for his wedding. I'd been recommended to him by a mutual friend and we got chatting when he came round for a fitting. When he found out that I make silver jewellery, his eyes lit up. Could I make him silver buttons for his kilt jacket and waistcoat? I reckoned I could, but needed to know what he wanted. “Edinburgh plague skull & crossbones”. That’s a thing? It seemed so*, and was a very different style, (particularly the skull) to your typical Jolly Roger pirate-flag skull & crossbones, which was definitely not what...

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