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.
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019.
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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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.
Acquired by Timeless in 2017 from a private collector.