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Brooches (34)

Where possible, we include where the original artifact is located, where it was found and the estimated time period it was inn use. Some of our products are interpretations of original designs that maintain the esthetic of a time and place in history. In either case we hope you enjoy what you see. 

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Penannular and Semi-Penannular Brooches

Penannular and Semi-Penannular Brooches (12)

Brooches of this type range from 12mm to 73mm or 1/2" to 3" and all use the method of attachment illustrated below. Smaller brooches work well in medium weight fabric while the larger ones were used to hold up clothing or close shaws and blankets and are popular with re-enactors of early European history.

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Pin Back Brooches

Pin Back Brooches (11)

We tried to make the pins for our Pin Back brooches thin enough to work well with modern fabrics. While they still hold historical clothing together as they did since Viking Times they also provide an accent or feature when added to modern clothing.

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Annular Brooches

Annular Brooches (11)

Annular Brooches were used by both men and women to fasten clothing together since Roman times or before. Today these simple brooches add and accent or a bit of color to a neck scarf, sweater or jacket. Fabric is pushed up through the ring, the pin set and the fabric pulled back to the ring. They where and are used where unfastening them it not often required.

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Roll tip panannular brooches were found across pretty much all of Scandinavia. This smaller size brooch was used to close openings in garments before there…
$15.00
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Roll Tip penannular brooches were found across Scandinavia. This brooch is much lighter weight than others of this size. The pin works well in medium…
$18.00
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Penannular brooches with rolled tips were popular in the Baltic region and appear in grave find artifacts throughout the region. As many as 13 to…
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Penannular brooches like these, though rare, were found on the island of Gotland. This island and international trade site in middle of Baltic Sea has…
A simple penannular brooch with Celtic knotwork tips. This style is reminiscent of Irish inspired design traditions. No pedigree for this brooch, but it looks…
$25.00
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This semi-annular brooch has a highly stylized animal head decoration representative of how animal images were represented in Islamic culture. This piece is slightly wider than…
This 'semi-annular' brooch was found a grave site at Laivai Lithuania ~760 - 980. The town was located on a river trade route between Coronian…
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Replica of a penannular brooch found at Laivai Lithuania. The original artifact didn't have a complete pin, so I chose a common pin style from…
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A sturdy basic cloak pin or kilt pin, this design was popular across Scaninavia and Scotland  up to the 1800s. 50mm or 2" diameter   Bronze
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Examples of this style of penannular brooch were found on Gotland and the eastern Baltic area as grave goods ~760-950. The original brooch didn't have…
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Replica of a penannular brooch found at Laivai Lithuania. The original artifact didn't have a complete pin, so I chose a relatively common style from…
$30.00
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Examples of this style of penannular brooch were found on Gotland and the eastern Baltic area at Laivai Lithuania as grave goods ca 760-950.The original…
$45.00
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These Late Vendel Period ‘Tortoise’ Brooches are transitional between Vendel and Viking Age designs with documentation designated 'Ribe Type 5', ~700-800 AD. Only molds of…
Vendel Period Oval Brooch ~7th CThe earliest oval brooches were little more than oval domes. This brooch represents the next step in brooch development where…
Some people claim this is Odin's horse Schlepnir. The brooch is dated to 600-800 and was found at Veggerslev on Djursland in Denmark. Germanic Iron Age, Original in…
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This type of fibula featured a hinged closure pin. Fibulae were a common type of garment closure for the Romans. It is likely the design…
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It should be easy enough to understand why this design of fibula or brooch is called a trumpet brooch. These are reproductions of 1st century…
Fibulae were the safety pins of the day for the Romans. It is likely they were brought from Byzantium (the eastern Roman Empire) to eastern…
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These Celtic Spring Pin brooches served the same function as safety pins to close the openings in clothing that should not be open -- except…
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Celtic Spring Pin Brooch was used to close openings in clothing that shouldn't be open - or would be a lot more comfortable if it…
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An animal-shaped brooch called a fibula, as seen from above the animal. Germanic Iron Age, ca 600-800. Found at Olsker on Bornholm, Denmark.                   1 7/8" x…
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Midgaard Serpant Brooch – this represents the Midgaard Serpant that is wrapped around the roots of the World Tree, Yggdrasil. As it gnaws away the…
$35.00
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Two ravens of Odin hold an Oath Ring. These classic symbols embody the core values of the Viking Age. Swearing an oath is a sacred committment…
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Jewelry was a very important marker of social status, and most prosperous women probably wore some conspicuous pieces whenever outside the home. Men were often…
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Jewelry was a very important marker of social status, and most prosperous women probably wore some conspicuous pieces whenever outside the home. Men were often…
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Originally used as a closure for clothing before buttons and button holes, annular brooches provide a decorative feature to any outfit whether ancient, modern or…
Jewelry was a very important marker of social status, and most prosperous women probably wore some conspicuous pieces whenever outside the home. Men were often…
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Originally used as a closure for clothing before buttons and button holes, annular brooches provide a decorative feature to any outfit whether ancient, modern or…
Jewelry was a very important marker of social status, and most prosperous women probably wore some conspicuous pieces whenever outside the home. Men were often…
$14.00
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Originally used as a closure for clothing before buttons and button holes, annular brooches provide a decorative feature to any outfit whether ancient, modern or…
Originally used as a closure for clothing before buttons and button holes, annular brooches provide a decorative feature to any outfit whether ancient, modern or…
Laurel Wreath Brooch is a symbol that historically represents excellence. Each piece is hand made and stamped in brass. As can be seen in the…
Originally used as a closure for clothing before buttons and button holes, annular brooches provide a decorative feature to any outfit whether ancient, modern or…
Annular Brooch stamped with Scandinavian Style three-dot triangles. This small brooch can be worn to accent a scarf, as a piece of jewelry in its…
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