VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH NECKLACE C.850-1000 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. Slightly oval, about 1 ¼” width. Exceptional thick proportions and fine mottled surface. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored, on gilt mounted leather neck cord for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.