VIKING ARROWHEAD

A beautifully preserved Viking chisel-bladed arrowhead, forged over one thousand years ago.

 

While arrowheads of this type were used by both Saxon and Viking archers, they are typically considered Scandinavian in origin, and more likely to be Viking. 

 

As with many Viking artefacts, it isn't always possible to say whether the piece has a domestic or military purpose. The Vikings were essentially warrior-farmers, and many of their weapons originate from domestic tools or hunting implements (for example, boar spears and bearded axes). While the pronounced tang suggests a military origin (C. Rau, European Arrowheads and Crossbow Bolts), it may well have been used to hunt game.

 

 

 

 

 

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019.

VIKING SPEARHEAD

A stunning example of a thousand-year-old iron Viking Pinch-Bladed Spearhead, or 'Gar Spear'.

 

The lentoid-sectioned, pinched blade, open socket and lack of a ‘ferrule’ (a split along the length of the socket) suggests it was forged in continental Europe, rather than Britain which had a large Viking population at the time. Many of these spearheads come from pagan burials (as grave goods) or as votive offerings, being bent or broken for ritualistic purposes and offered as sacrifices to the Norse gods.

 

The pinch-bladed spear, or Gar Spear, is the most commonly found of all Viking spear types, and could be used as either a thrusting spear or thrown at close quarters.

 

The iron spearhead is one of the most beautiful artifacts to pass through our hands, and displays the blackened 'gun-metal' patina produced by the preservation process.

 

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Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities market, 2017. Formerly in the private collection of a London gentleman.

ROMAN BOW BROOCH

Timeless are pleased to offer a beautiful Roman Bow Fibula Brooch, dating from the 1st - 2nd century A.D.

 

Along with their coinage, brooches are some of the more enduring archaeological relics left behind by the people of the Roman empire. Fibula brooches (essentially fancy safety pins - fibula means clasp) were as functional as they were decorative, being used to pin the clothing of emperors, soldiers and citizens alike.

 

In fact, the range and typology of Roman fibula brooches is so huge that archaeologists can use them to date a site, much like a geologist may use fossils to date a particular rock sequence.

 

The stunning piece still retains the original pin, and is almost certainly a derivative of the famous 'Colchester Type' fibula brooch.

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless in 2017 from a private collector.

VIKING PENDANT

Timeless are pleased to offer a stunning gold-plated silver Viking Pendant crafted sometime between 1100 to 1300 years ago!

 

 

At around an inch in length, the pendant retains its original, integral top loop (which means this amazing piece may still be worn as jewelry), and displays a bulb finial and two tiers of hanked hair. In fine condition, the pendant is presented in a rustic papier mache box and would make a most unusual gift for any history buff!

 

Provenance

Formerly part of a private collection formed between 1990 - 2000

DRAGONESQUE BROOCH

Arguably the most beautiful of all ancient brooch types, the Dragonesque Brooch first appeared shortly after the Roman invasion of Britain under the emperor Claudius in 43 A.D.

 

These brooches, considered a triumph of Romano-British metalwork, do not actually represent dragons as their name suggests. Rather, the dragonesque brooch is actually formed from a pair of Celtic cornucopia joined at their mouths and having ‘heads’ of capped trumpets.

 

Highly prized by collectors and history enthusiasts alike, these rare brooches were made only during a hundred year period (50-150 A.D.), and only in Britannia. This superb example measures almost 5cm in length.

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market in 2018, previously part of the renowned 'Chris Rudd' collection, Norfolk, UK.

Viking Arrowhead

A beautifully preserved Viking chisel-bladed arrowhead, forged over one thousand years ago.

 

This particular piece originates from the ancient Kievan Rus Federation located across present day Ukraine, Belarus and Russia (both Russia and Belarus derive their names from Kievan Rus). Scandinavian Vikings had long traded with the Kievan Rus states, particular the coastal principality of Novgorod (which stretched from the gulf of Finland to the Urals). In fact, in 972 A.D., a prince of Novgorod, Vladimir the Great, recruited a Viking army to help oust his half-brother, Yaropolk I, from the throne.

 

As with many Viking artefacts, it isn't always possible to say whether the piece has a domestic or military purpose. The Vikings were essentially warrior-farmers, and many of their weapons originate from domestic tools or hunting implements (for example, boar spears and bearded axes). While the pronounced tang suggests a military origin (C. Rau, European Arrowheads and Crossbow Bolts), it may well have been used to hunt game.

 

 

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019., Previously of Eastern European origin.

Ancient Greek Arrowheads

Artefacts from Ancient Greece are a firm favourite here at the Timeless Galleries.

 

From the Archaic period of the Greek Bronze and Iron Ages to Classical Greece of the 4th and 5th centuries B.C.E to the later Hellenistic Period that vied with Rome for power in the Mediterranean, Greece provided the very foundations of western culture, and much of our philosophy, political theory, science and language stems directly from this ancient society of warring city-states.

 

Consequently, we believe that anything from this age of early civilisation should be highly prized, including this beautiful collection of Classical Period Arrowheads. 

 

Dating from between the fifth and third centuries  B.C.E., these enigmatic barbed and tanged arrowheads are cast in bronze, are lentoid in section and measure between 28mm and 42mm in length. Given their age they may well have belonged to Greek warriors around the time Leonidas I and his band of 300 Spartans defended the Thermopylae pass in 480 B.C.E.!

 

Outer Frame approx. 90cm x 16cm

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities market, 2019. Previously the property of a North London gentleman; acquired on the UK art market before 2000.

Medieval Fishing Spear

An extremely unusual piece of medieval history: A substantial Multi-Spiked Medieval Fish-Spearhead! 

 

The spearhead is iron-forged and comprises a flared socket with a six-pronged attachment of barbed spikes and a further two U-shaped attachments with prongs, all held together with tightly looped wire.

 

The antiquity has been professionally cleaned and preserved. It's a rare piece and we don't think you'll see another!

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019. From the family collection of a Southeast London collector, formerly acquired in the 1950s.

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