Viking Gaming Pieces For Sale

Board-games based on the Roman tabula or ‘board’ were played in northern Europe for centuries. The Vikings played a game, perhaps distantly related to chess, called jnefatafl, in which the object was for one side to capture the opponent’s hnefi or ‘king-piece’. The hnefi had to move from the centre to the edge, or vice versa. Versions of the game were played on 18x18 or 13x13 squared boards. Many of the counters used were relatively plain, but the occasional examples of highly decorated pieces may imply that these were the ‘king-pieces’ in their respective sets.

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 'Discoid' Gaming Piece 016811

Viking 'Discoid' Gaming Piece
Lead and copper-alloy, 45.31 grams, 28.98 mm. 9th-11th century AD. A discoid lead gaming piece with chamfered edge, inset discoid mount in the upper face. Boardgames were a popular pastime in Britain and Scandinavia during the Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods. Reference: Hammond, B. British Artefacts vol.2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, p.98-9. Fine condition. Provenance: found County Durham, UK.
£90.00

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Viking 'Discoid' Gaming Piece 016811
Viking ‘Inlaid Millefiori Panel’ Gaming Piece 016810

Viking 'Inlaid Millefiori Panel' Gaming Piece
Lead, 18.72 grams, 19.20 mm. Circa 8th-10th century AD. A lead cylinder with a panel of millefiori coloured glass embedded in the upper surface, perhaps a fragment of Anglo-Saxon or Scandinavian glass bead. The glass is multicoloured in blue-black, maroon-red and cream-white. This piece would have been used in the board-game hnefatafl. Reference: Pollington, S. Mead Hall – Feasting in Anglo-Saxon England, Hockwold-cum-Wilton, 2003, p.136, 220. Good very fine condition. Provenance: found Lincolnshire.
£175.00

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Viking ‘Inlaid Millefiori Panel’ Gaming Piece 016810
Viking ‘Embedded Gilt-Bronze’ Gaming Piece 009677

Viking ‘Embedded Gilt-Bronze’ Gaming Piece
Lead, 19.21 grams, 17.21 mm. Circa 8th-10th century AD. A lead disc with a dished top, with a panel of gilded copper-alloy embedded in the upper surface; this is probably a portion of an Irish or Anglo-Saxon treasure re-used by a Scandinavian craftsman. This distinctive piece would have been very suitable for use as the hnefi or ‘king-piece’. Reference: Pollington, S. Mead Hall – Feasting in Anglo-Saxon England, Hockwold-cum-Wilton, 2003, p.136, 220. Ex K Derby collection. Very fine condition.
£225.00

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Viking ‘Embedded Gilt-Bronze’ Gaming Piece 009677


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