Viking Penannular Brooches for sale

As well as inhabiting Scandinavia and settling parts of Britain and Ireland, the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland (Canada), the Vikings also sailed into the Gulf of Finland and up the River Neva to the huge inland watercourse of Lake Ladoga, and on to the mouth of the River Volkhov. The Viking settlement called Aldeigjuborg is known today as Staraja (Old) Ladoga. Finds from this area indicate a Scandinavian presence from as early as circa 750 AD. They herald a significant chapter in Viking history: journeys of discovery, trade (in slaves, amber, furs, birds of prey and silver). Swedish Viking colonisation spread to the east and south to Gåršarike, Miklagårš and Särkland - the Nordic names for Russia, Constantinople and the Muslim Caliphate. Contacts between the Muslim and Viking worlds are recorded in the writings of travellers such as Ibn Fadlan, Ibn Rustah and Al-Tartoushi.

Many of the penannular brooches presented here were found in the Lake Ladoga area and are typical of the Rus culture of the eastern Baltic region. Please check the individual provenance of each item for confirmation.

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 'Decorated' Brooch Group 028128

Viking 'Decorated' Brooch Group
Bronze, 38 grams, 23-35 mm. 8th-11th century AD. A mixed group of bronze brooches comprising: one omega type; three annular type with zoomorphic detail; one penannular type with zoomorphic terminals; one with old collector's tickets detailing findspots. Fine condition, two with pins. Provenance: ex Winter collection.
£250.00

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Viking 'Decorated' Brooch Group 028128
Viking 'Pelleted' Penannular Brooch 012768

Rare Viking 'Pelleted' Penannular Brooch
Silver, 3.97 grams, 30.46 mm. 10th-11th century AD. A penannular brooch with rectangular terminals with a punched quincunx decoration. The band is a flat casting with a central raised ridge, the outer semicircle detailed with punched pellet ornamentation. The pin is a round-section rod expanding to lateral flanges where it loops around the band, bearing similar punched decoration. Reference: cf. penannular brooch from the Rauto hoard, Karelia, Finland in Härdh, B. Silver in the Viking Age: A Regional-Economic Study, Stockholm, 1996. fig. 25, p.115. Good very fine condition. Provenance: from an old collection. This antiquity is accompanied by an XRF metal test certificate from Oxford X-ray Fluorescence Ltd.
£850.00

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Viking 'Pelleted' Penannular Brooch 012768
Viking 'Billetted Band' Penannular Brooch 013606

Viking 'Billetted Band' Penannular Brooch
Copper-alloy, 13.77 grams, 46.95 mm. 10th-11th century AD. A dished D-section band with expanded animal-head terminals.The outer and inner edges of the band are adorned with billetted bands and the central field bears a row of pellets. The pin is a circular-section rod with a sharp pint, expanding to a flat scrolled terminal looped around the band. A good example of a Baltic clothes fastener of the later Viking period. Reference: Lehtosalo-Hilander, P-L.,Luistari (Finland), A History of Weapons and Ornaments, Helsinki, 2000, Plate 32 - grave 795 item 6. Very fine condition.
£325.00

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Viking 'Billetted Band' Penannular Brooch 013606


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