VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH, C.850-1050 AD
Gilt bronze, worn in numbers on the surface of the jerkin, to provide 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. Circular with flattened faces, just under 1 1/8” diameter. The surface lightly textured and worn from burial. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored, on a gilt Sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity. Fine proud form.