VIKING GARMENT BROOCH
Danelaw England. 866-1067 AD. 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, served as surface reinforcement, in fact, armor scales. The excavations at York England have discovered numerous similar examples. See yorkarchaeology.com for extensive supportive information. This example, 5/8” width of shield shape with central heart motif. Three back pins for mounting intact but incomplete from burial deterioration. Good patina and light surface degradation from burial.