Small Strap End Brooches
Strap end brooches are a historically-correct, lighter alternative to tortoise brooches. The originals of this small pair in Jelling style were found in Birka in Sweden, dating from the 10th century.
The story of strap end brooches is a fascinating example of how the Vikings connected to the outside world.
The idea for making this type of brooch originated when the Vikings went plundering in the Frankish lands. The Franks wore large ornate strap ends on their belts which were eagerly gathered by Vikings. When they returned home they needed to offer exotic treasures to their womenfolk. These flashy strap ends – once a pin had been put on the back – made perfect gifts!
The idea caught on, and Viking craftsmen then began to make their own brooches in this unusual shape. They could then be worn in pairs (although they were used singly as well).
Strap end brooches have been found in Denmark, Norway, Sweden ,Iceland and Germany.
My copies are of a particularly fine example with two entwined Jelling style dragons. They have strong pins and hanging loops for beads.
Price is for the pair.