Viking Protective Brooch Necklace, 10th-11th Century AD
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 7/8" diameter of heavy robust form. Professionally refurbished with the silver overlay restored, on a Sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.