VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH NECKLACE, 10-11TH CENTURY AD
Silvered bronze. large 1 5/8" diameter. Circular, the top with lined edges flanking an inscription in gothic letters. The bottom plain. The inscription accords with the well-known ULFBERH T inscriptions forged into Viking sword blades. Tapered cross pin. 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. 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 for modern wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.