Timeless are pleased to offer a huge Viking Penannular Brooch, dating from the 9th -10th centuries A.D.


The brooch has been worked in bronze to form a lentoid-sectioned shank, wide-shouldered finials and a round-sectioned pin. The term penannular, meaning 'almost round', refers to the circular shape and missing section of the shank which would have allowed the owner to 'spin and lock' the brooch in place, thus forming a very efficient clasp.


In fact, the penannular design was so effective that it changed little from the late iron age until the high medieval period - a span of well over 1500 years; and the brooches themselves were so hard-wearing that pre-Roman Celtic penannular brooches have been discovered in Anglo-Saxon burials.


At over 4.5cm in diameter and one of a pair, these are particularly large examples of their type.


  • Formerly part of a private collection formed prior to the 1950s