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. Over 3/4” diameter with rounded face and flat back. Dimpled for the cross pin and worn from use. Professionally refurbished with the silver overlay restored, on sterling silver chain for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.