FINE ANCIENT VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH NECKLACE, 10TH-11TH CENTURY AD
Silvered bronze of extraordinary form. Just under 1 1/2" diameter, flat plate with four lug clusters at the midpoint supporting and locking the cross pin. The top and bottom with doubly lugs flanking a swell. These were worn in numbers on the jerkin as decoration as well as to provide a measure of protection against sword and knife attack. The lugs here would effectively stop and engage a hostile blade. See current Public Television programming for documentation of these in action. As protectors, they also held spiritual significance for the warrior. Surface textured from burial. Professionally refurbished with the pure silver overlay restored and suspended from a Sterling silver neck chain for modern wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.