VIKING SILVER PROTECTIVE BROOCH 10TH-11TH CENTURY AD
Original silver example as found. Just over 7/8” diameter with original cross pin (partial crack). 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. Jewelry gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.