VIKING GARMENT BROOCH 866-1067 AD
Danelaw, England. Copper rich bronze, intricately cast in variations of the heart form with back prongs to attach to the leather brigandines which were the primary protection of the Viking warrior and the brooches, in fact, served as surface reinforcement armor scales. The excavations at York England have discovered numerous similar examples. See yorkarchaeology.com for extensive supportive information. This example, 7/8" width of heart form with scrolling foliage. One of two back pins for mounting complete. Good uniform age patina.