VIKING GARMENT BROOCH C.866-1067 AD
Danelaw, England. 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, 3/4" width of stylized heart form. One of two back pins for mounting intact. Good patina and minor surface degradation from burial.