FINE VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH NECKLACE, 10TH-11TH CENTURY AD
Gilt bronze. Over 1 1/2” diameter. Circular with lined borders flanking a chevron motif. Surface textured from burial with crisp incised decoration. When fastened to 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 24karat overlay restored and suspended from a vermeil (gold over silver) mounted polished leather neck cord. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.