VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH C.850-1000 AD
Circular, 1” diameter. Banded decoration across face. Slight surface wear from burial. Worn in numbers on the surface of the jerkin, these small metal brooches provided a measure of protection against sword cuts and in fact, were a form of armor. See current Public Television programming for documentation of these in action. As protectors, they also held spiritual significance for the warrior. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored for contemporary wear. Comes gift boxed with certification of authenticity.