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 '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
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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