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LOT 0456

Estimate
GBP (£) 600 - 800
EUR (€) 710 - 950
USD ($) 780 - 1,030

VIKING SCANDINAVIAN SILVERED BRONZE BROOCH-AND-CHAIN SET
9TH-10TH CENTURY AD
16 1/4" (170 grams, 71.5cm total; brooches: 61mm each).

A complete ensemble of two pierced plate brooches and their decorative chain attachments; the brooches tinned, with a pierced rectangular headplate and pierced expanding triangular footplate, to the reverse of each a spiral fitting to secure the ends of a pair of finely-wrought chains formed from double-links, of unequal length in order to allow the outer chain to hang below and parallel to the inner.

PROVENANCE:
From an important British collection; acquired 1990s.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Lehtosalo-Hilander, P-L., Luistari (Finland), A History of Weapons and Ornaments, grave 1260; plate 57, item 7.

CONDITION