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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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Thursday, 28 January 2016 06:32

Triangular Roll Tip Penannular - Small

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penan 1in roll tip triangle bzRoll tip panannular brooches were found across pretty much all of Scandinavia. This smaller size brooch was used to close openings in garments before there were buttons and are now popular with historical re-enactors and as accent pieces for modern fashion wear.

29mm or 1 1/8"   Bronze - also available in Silver for $39 - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

$15.00
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 06:25

Flat Tip Penannular

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penann flat tipA sturdy basic cloak pin, this design was popular in early Scotland and all the way up to the 1800s.

50mm or 2" diameter   Bronze

$8.00
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 06:18

Rolled Tip Penannular - Large

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penan triangle rolltip 1.75Roll Tip penannular brooches were found across Scandinavia. This brooch is much lighter weight than others of this size. The pin works well in medium weight woven fabric but is not robust enough for heavy shawls or cloaks.

45mm or 1 3/4" in diameter    Bronze

$18.00
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 03:52

Penannular Brooch Variations

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penan med three blueberrypenan med three facetPenannular brooches like these, though rare, were found on the island of Gotland. This island and international trade site in middle of Baltic Sea has produced the most complete array of archaeological finds in all of Scandinavia. The originals are in the Swedish National Museum. These special order items or information about them is available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to specify which brooch you would like us to send.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 06:18

Keyhole Brooch - Pierced

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annular keyhole pierced

This semi-annular brooch has a highly stylized animal head decoration which is representative of how animal images were represented in Islamic culture. This piece is slightly wider than the original artifact in the Swedish National Historical Museum.

48mm or 1 7/8"  Bronze

Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00

Baltic Onion Bulb Penannular - Lg

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baltic pen lg onion 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 a complete pin so I chose a style from the excavation record for Laivai Lithuania.

Original artifacts of this style can be seen in the Gotland and Swedish National Museum collections.

60mm x 55mm or 2⅜"x 2⅛"   Bronze

$45.00
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Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

Faceted Penannular - Med

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brooch attachment 2 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 that excavation site.

Medium: 45mm x 45mm or 1¾"x1¾" Bronze

$25.00
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Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

Baltic 'Blueberry' Penannular - Med

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baltic pen blueberry med2 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 that excavation site. The faceted brooch from the same site has a simpler and even more common pin style. Reminiscent of the middle eastern symbolic use of fruit and vegetation in their designs

Medium: 45mm x 45mm or 1¾"x1¾" or   Bronze

$30.00
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Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00

Keyhole Brooch - Plain

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keyhole-broochThis 'semi-annular' brooch was found a grave site at Laivai Lithuania ~760 - 980. The town was located on a river trade route between Coronian Lagoon in the Baltic and Constantinople. This route required a long portage to connect to the Dnieper north of Kiev, but for Viking Age traders it was still the shortest route between the southeastern Baltic and Byzantium (Constantinople - modern Istanbul)

70mm - 30mm or 2 5/8" x 2"   Bronze

$30.00
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Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00

Round Rolled Tip Penannular - Small

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brooch-penannular-small-baltic-roll-tip 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 15 brooches were found in some women's burials.

29 mm or 1 1/8"  Bronze

$8.00
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