VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH NECKLACE, 10th CENTURY AD
Gilt bronze. Oval, just under 1” width. It is triangular in section forming ridged to the faced and outer edge. 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 24karat gold overlay restored and suspended from a gilt Sterling silver mounted polished leather neck cord. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.