VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH C.900-1000 AD
Silvered bronze, about 1” diameter. 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. Surface wear from burial. Professionally conserved with the silver surface restored. On a modern black leather neck cord with silvered chain closure for contemporary wear.