VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH 900-1050 AD
Silvered bronze with circular top, about 1 1/8" diameter with a tapered cross pin. The terminals flared to long tubular tails opened at the front. When fastened to the jerkin, these small metal brooches provided a measure of protection against sword cuts and, in fact, were a form of armor. In addition to being more decorative, examples of this form provided added protection with the trailing tails. 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 pure silver overlay restored and suspended from a Sterling silver neck chain. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.