FINE AND RARE VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH NECKLACE, C.850-1050 AD
Oval form with rounded face, just under 1 ½” height. The pin rest of two ends flared and upturned forming a ridge. Curled pin eye. Worn in numbers on the surface of the jerkin, to provide 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 24karat gold overlay restored, on a gilt Sterling silver mounted polished leather neck cord for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity. The only example of this intricate form we have encountered.