VIKING PROTECTIVE ARMOR BROOCH NECKLACE, 10th-11th CENTURY
Worn in numbers on the surface of 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. About 3/4" diameter of diamond section with ridged front, back, and edges. Surface textured from burial. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored, on a gilt Sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity. Fine proud form.