VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH
C.850-1000 AD. Rare silver example. Silver as made and preserved as found. 1” diameter formed as a double rope twist. Some wear from use and fine patina. Brooches such as this were worn in multiples, secured to the thick jacket or doublet. They served as armor, able to absorb and deaden the effect of sword blows. The medieval brigandine provided protection in a similar fashion with a matrix of concealed overlapping iron plates. The Viking version was made specifically for hand to hand fighting with sword and dagger where as the brigandine was often worn mounted and afforded some degree of protection from arrows and pole weapons.