VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH, 850-1050 AD
About 1 3/4” width, oval form with the ends reeded and curled. Original cross pin. Worn in numbers on the leather war jerkin, at an ounce each, a few pounds could be added providing significant protection against sword blows. See current Public Broadcasting for Vikings wearing a protective brooch. Light texture from burial and the 24karat gold surface renewed. Mounted with a modern gilt Sterling silver neck chain for modern wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.