Tortoise Brooches in Borre Style


    • Description

      I have made these viking tortoise brooches from an original Borre style type widespread in the 9th - 10th century. I made my model from a find in Sweden, but other tortoise brooches of this type have been found in Norway and Iceland. The delicate pattern of knotwork and gripping beasts is lightweight but strong, with a sturdy spring-steel pin on the back. Mine are made in the original size, but I have removed the backplate to reduce the weight. Borre style beast heads form loops at the bottom of the brooches, to hang beads or a bead divider.

      It took me many days to carve the original of these tortoise brooches – I have taken great care to recreate the artistry of the originals. I hope women will wear them today with as much pride as those worn by women in the Viking Age.

      Please note that the silver brooches are made to order, and will take 3-4 weeks to deliver.


      Length 109mm 

      Weight for Sterling Silver Pair 208g (Weight may vary from piece to piece) 



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