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. Just over 7/8" diameter with rounded faces meeting to the ridged edge, and tapered cross pin. Professionally refurbished with the silver overlay restored, on a Sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.