Ancient Viking Jewellery for sale

Ancient Viking jewellery designs inherited the design traditions of the Germanic world under the influences of western European, Byzantine, Insular British and Irish, Anglo-Saxon and Slavonic taste. Viking taste often included bold geometric designs alongside knotwork and animal ornament. Various interpretations of the artistic motifs have been proposed, but any understanding of Viking designs must take into account the desire to impress the viewer. The best pieces of Viking age metalwork were intended to enhance the authority and prestige of the users and owners. Within these pages you will find some enchanting and impressive items produced in Scandinavian and Baltic workshops in the time of the Viking trade networks.

Customers and site-visitors may have noticed that the Anglo-Saxon site pages have been revised. As part of our ongoing programme of improving the quality and reliability of our site, the ‘Viking’ pages are been amended in the light of further detailed research. We aim to roll this out across the rest of the site in due course. Please check back for updates.

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Viking Period 'Bifacial' Cruciform Pendant 026022

Viking Period 'Bifacial' Cruciform Pendant
Copper-alloy, 6.03 grams, 39 mm. Rus, 9th-10th century AD. A cast pendant with suspension loop. On one face is shown Christ crucified with Greek 'MN' above, and on the other is Christ risen with Greek 'PO' above. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old European collection.
£550.00

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Viking Period 'Bifacial' Cruciform Pendant 026022
Viking 'Boar’s Tusk' Bronze Pendant 025417

Viking 'Boar’s Tusk' Bronze Pendant
Bronze, 17 grams, 64 mm. 10th-12th century AD. A boar's tusk mounted in a cast bronze socket with a loop to the top, stamped ring-and-dot decoration to the outer face. Very fine condition. Provenance: property of a Hampshire gentleman; acquired before 1990.
£450.00

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Viking 'Boar’s Tusk' Bronze Pendant 025417
Viking 'Human Mask' Silver Figural Pendant 025416

Very Rare Viking 'Human Mask' Silver Figural Pendant
Silver, 2.95 grams, 61.35 mm. 9th century AD. A silver sheet tongue-shaped pendant with repousse designs featuring a human mask with a punched-point repousse collar within a repousse billetted border; transverse loop above. Loss to lower corner. Provenance: UK art market, acquired prior to 1985.

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Viking 'Human Mask' Silver Figural Pendant 025416
Viking Serpentine Spiral Arm Ring 014631

Viking ‘Serpentine Spiral’ Arm Ring
Copper-alloy, 80.94 grams, 131.36 mm. 10th-11th century. A substantial arm ring of Baltic Viking provenance. The expanded central portion is decorated with moulded spiral band decoration in imitation of the usual twisted-rectangular bar rings. The terminals are thinned and flattened; one is narrow and pointed and the other is spatulate. Reference: Reference: Lehtosalo-Hilander, P-L.,Luistari (Finland), A History of Weapons and Ornaments, Helsinki, 2000, p.118-21. Very fine condition.
£450.00

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Viking Serpentine Spiral Arm Ring 014631
Baltic-Scandinavian / Viking 'Brooch, Chain and Ring' Dress Suite 012766

Extremely Rare Baltic-Scandinavian/Viking 'Brooch, Chain and Ring' Dress Suite
Silver, 18.29 grams, 255 mm. 12th century AD. A D-section penannular brooch with clubbed ends, surmounted by rectangular studs, its pin formed as a round-section rod with D-shaped attachment panel decorated with punched roundels in lines. Attached to this by a silver loop is a trichinopoly chain with conical finials ending in loops. At the other end is a flat annular plate with punched pellet and triangle decoration. Reference: cf. similar from grave 138 at Pavirvyte-Gudai in Griciuviene, E. Ziemgaliai - The Semigalians, Latvia, 2005, item 438. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old collection.
£1,450.00

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Baltic-Scandinavian / Viking 'Brooch, Chain and Ring' Dress Suite 012766
Baltic Viking 'Plaited' Neck-Ring 1000

Baltic Viking 'Plaited' Neck-Ring
Copper-alloy, 220 grams, 16.35 cm. Circa 10th century AD. A skilfully made neck-ring formed from four sturdy zinc-rich copper-alloy rods, each thicker at the centre (about 6mm) than the ends (about 3mm) to give an expanding profile to the finished article. The rods were first wound in pairs, then formed into the final complex plait, with the ends carefully fused to form the hook-and-eye closure. Each end has a collar of much finer wire (about 1mm) bound around the lower 1.5cm from which the hook and eye elements emerge. The form of the arm-ring is distinctively Scandinavian, and the find-spot is in the Kingdom of York where there was extensive contact with both Scandinavia and the Viking-dominated port and markets of the Isle of Man and Dublin. Similar rings were among the treasures of the Cuerdale hoard from Lancashire which was deposited in the opening years of the tenth century (from the coins, a date circa AD 905 is considered likely, although dates drawn from purely numismatic evidence can be revised from time to time). The form of the ring is of a standard ‘East Baltic’ type. Reference: Hårdh, B. Silver in the Viking Age. A Regional Economic Study, Stockholm, 1996, p.191ff. Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£9,995.00

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Baltic Viking 'Plaited' Neck-Ring 1000


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