Viking Brooches for sale

Pairs of decorative Viking brooches were in widespread use among Norse women before the 8th to at least the 12th century to fasten their apron dresses. Size, shape and usage altered little throughout the Viking period, though the style of decoration evolved apace with contemporary Viking art. Many Viking brooches that we regularly offer for sale have animal head terminals and beautiful zoomorphic interlaced designs. Types include disc brooches, trefoil brooches, axe-shaped brooches and tortoise brooches.

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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Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Enamelled' Disc Brooch 027634

Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Enamelled' Disc Brooch
Copper-alloy, 4.51 grams, 25.14 mm. 11th century AD. A cast disc brooch with central cell filled with dark blue enamel. To the perimeter are placed seven D-shaped lobes, each with a blue glass cabochon insert. The pin-lugs and catchplate are present to the reverse. Reference: Hattatt, R. Brooches of Antiquity, Oxford, 1987 item 1314. Fine uncleaned 'as found' condition. Provenance: found Hull, Humberside, UK.
£120.00

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Late Anglo-Saxon / Viking 'Enamelled' Disc Brooch 027634
Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Cloison' Enamelled Plate Brooch 027536

Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Cloison' Enamelled Plate Brooch
Bronze, 2.59 grams, 19.65 mm. 11th century AD. A gilt-bronze disc brooch with champ leve field comprising a yellow enamel central roundel, surrounded by a green cross with alternating yellow and blue elements, each with corrugated outline, pin-loop and catchplate to the rear. Reference: West. S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 p.121 fig.48. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an important West Country collection.

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Anglo-Scandinavian / Viking 'Cloison' Enamelled Plate Brooch 027536
Viking / Anglo-Scandinavian 'Cloison' Disc Brooch 020673

Viking / Anglo-Scandinavian 'Cloison' Disc Brooch
Copper-alloy and enamel, 5.31 grams, 25.32 mm. Circa 10th-11th century AD. An Anglo-Scandinavian disc brooch comprising a central enamel discsurrounded by seven radiating knops filled with enamel cabochons (three remaining). The central panel is a dark blue enamel background with an inset radiating cloison design in black and turquoise enamel. The pin-lug and attachment point for the catchplate are in place on the reverse. Reference: West. S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 p.121 fig.48. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, found East Anglia.
£450.00

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Viking / Anglo-Scandinavian 'Cloison' Disc Brooch 020673
Viking 'Boar-Head' Brooch 019857

Viking 'Boar-Head' Brooch
Copper-alloy, 39.69 grams, 53.69 mm. 9th-10th century AD. A boar-head brooch, hollow cast in two sections with a decorative upper surface attached to a plain back-plate with spring-lugs and catchplate intact. The upper decorative surface is divided by a heavy, cast median rib with zoomorphic ornament in the outer panels, arranged symmetrically along the rib with a similar transverse band. The corners of the wider end are reinforced with heavy lobed ‘ears’. The sides feature recessed panels. Reference: Franceschi, G., Asger, J. & Magnus, B. Mennesker, Guder og Masker i Nordisk Jernalderkunst, Bind1, Silkeborg, 2005, figs.130-1. Some loss to the sidewalls, otherwise fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£275.00

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Viking 'Boar-Head' Brooch 019857
Viking 'Boar-Head' Brooch 020678

Viking 'Boar-Head' Brooch
Copper-alloy, 39.55 grams, 56.41 mm. 9th-10th century AD. A Scandinavian boar-head brooch, cast in two sections with a decorative upper elementattached to a plain back-plate with spring-lugs and catchplate intact. The upper section is cast hollow, its triangular upper surface divided by a heavy, cast median rib, the sides and rear with zoomorphic ornament. The corners of the wider end are reinforced with heavy lobed ‘ears’. Reference: Franceschi, G., Asger, J. & Magnus, B. Mennesker, Guder og Masker i Nordisk Jernalderkunst, Bind1, Silkeborg, 2005, figs.130-1. Some loss to sidewalls, otherwise fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
£195.00

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Viking 'Boar-Head' Brooch 020678
Viking Type 'Pelleted' Repoussé Annular Brooch 011708

Rare Viking Type 'Pelleted' Repoussé Annular Brooch
Copper-alloy, 5.39 grams; 44.65 mm. 11th-15th century AD. A good example of a repoussé annular brooch, formed as a domed ring with inner and outer flanges. The outer flange is decorated with a series of repoussé pellets, with four large, equally-spaced pellets on the ring. Incised linear decoration is added between the larger pellets. The plain inner flange is pierced by the central hole, and a second lateral hole accepts the flat copper-alloy pin which is still intact. Brooches of this type were a common fashion of the eastern Baltic from the late Viking age through to the later medieval period. Reference: Criciuviene, E., Ziemgaliai - The Semigalians, Riga, 2005, p.187-9, Jakstaiciai grave 5. Extremely fine condition. Ex European collection.
£165.00

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Viking Type 'Pelleted' Repoussé Annular Brooch 011708


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