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 under 7/8” diameter with rounded front and flat back. Dimpled for the cross pin and textured from burial. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored, on polished leather neck cord for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.