VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH 850-1000 AD
Scalloped, 1 3/8” width with surface texture. The intricate shape made it for effective to engage a sword stroke. 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. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored and suspended from a modern leather necklace for wear.