nordic trader logo

(425) 485-3700


Sign In
or Register

Shopping Cart

Pin Back Brooches

Pin Back Brooches (13)

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.midgaard brooch OSS bzurnes ribebro urnes gotland bz

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 06:02

Tortoise Brooches, Early Vendel Period

Written by

brooch tortoise vendel swedish musuembrooches tortoise vendel pd frog

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 animals were represented by scribed lines on a 2-dementional surface. The original is in the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm.

brooch tortoise ribe5 dublin museumbrooch tortoise ribe silverThese 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 this brooch style were found at Ribe Denmark. The brooches in the photo was found in a grave at Killmainheim in Ireland while other examples were found in Norway. The Vendel art style was named for archaeological finds in the Vendel valley of Sweden however the art style was common throughout western Scandinavia. The original brooches were on loan from the Dublin Museum to the Ribe Viking Ship Museum in Denmark  3" x 2" or 75mm x 50 mm (Photo, September 2004 by Alan Andrist).

Saturday, 30 January 2016 06:36

Fibula - Celtic Wire

Written by

fibula celtic wire side fibula celtic wire top viewCeltic Spring Pin Brooch was used to close openings in clothing that shouldn't be open - or would be a lot more comfortable if it were closed. It essentially functions like a modern safety pin -- but looks marvelous doing it. 

Bronze

 

 

$20.00
Quantity:
Saturday, 30 January 2016 06:20

Fibula - Celtic Tiny Harp

Written by

fibula celtic tiny harpThese Celtic Spring Pin brooches served the same function as safety pins to close the openings in clothing that should not be open -- except they look marvelous doing it. They can also be used to hold men's Winigas or Leg Wraps. Truly cute and very useful.

Bronze

$6.00
Quantity:
Monday, 25 January 2016 07:12

Midgaard Serpant Brooch

Written by

midgaard brooch OSS bz

Midgaard Serpant Brooch – this represents the Midgaard Serpant that is wrapped around the roots of the World Tree, Yggdrasil. As it gnaws away the roots of the tree it counts down the days until Ragnorak, the end of time. So why are there two serpants you ask, since there is only one. This object was found in Norway which took in Irish design styles, so I suspect there are two serpants to balance the design. Currently in the Norwegian National Museum in Oslo.

mm or "   Bronze

$35.00
Quantity:
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00

Fibula - Trumpet Design - Spring Pin

Written by

Fibula-Trumpet-BroochIt should be easy enough to understand why this design of fibula or brooch is called a trumpet brooch. These are reproductions of 1st century Roman brooches classified as Kraftig-Profilierte variants by Richard Hattatt. Fibulae were the safety pins of their day and simpler versions of this type of fibulae were found at Birka Sweden and throughout the eastern Baltic. It is likely this type of brooch was brought from Byzantium (the eastern Roman Empire) to eastern Scandinavia along the Rus trade routes.

55mm x 20mm or 2 1/8" x 3/4"  Bronze

Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00

Fibula - Spring Pin Closure

Written by

Fibulae -Kraftig-Profilierte-Brooch 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 Scandinavia along the river trade routes. The eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire lasted until the Muslims conquered the city in 1453).

48mm x 20mm   Bronze

$33.00
Quantity:
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Urnes Style Brooch with Ring

Written by

urnes-pin-and-ringThis brooch is based on an bronze Urnes style buckle found at Bejsebakken in Alborg, Denmark ~1100. Urnes style was concurrent with the Chrisianization of Norway and the struggle with the snake symbolizes the struggle between good and evil. The Urnes style gets its name from the wooden church in Urnes in Western Norway. Urnes style was widely distributed, fron Gotland Sweden to Iceland  

40mm x 30mm or 1 9/16" x 1 3/16"   Silver

$75.00
Quantity:
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Bird of Prey, Germanic Iron Age

Written by

bird-of-preyThis Bird of Prey broach served to hold garments together and dates from the Germanic Iron Age, ca 700. Found at Bejsebakken in Aalborg, Denmark.

55mm x 20mm or 1 3/4" x  3/4"   Silver
              

$80.00
Quantity:
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Rune Stone Mask - Brooch

Written by

rune-maskA brooch depicting a rune stone at Moesgård Prehistoric Museum near Århus, Denmark, ca 1000.

Bronze    

$36.00
Quantity: