VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH NECKLACE, 9th-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. About 3/4” diameter of the rounded section with distinct rope or twist motif and mold seam evident. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored, on a gilt neck chain for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.