Viking Silver Decorated Pin With Cosmetic Spoon, 11th Century

Material: Silver artefact

Period: Viking+

Date: 11th century AD

Origin: Scandinavian

Condition: Extremely fine

Description: A long silver pin decorated with multiple collars above and below a square panel decorated with pelleted annulets motif. The top of the piece has a spoon-shaped finial typically used as a ear scoop or cosmetics spoon. 

Size and Weight: 122mm x 4mm, 8.8g

Features and Provenance: Brooches had been the principal means to fasten cloaks and clothes during Roman and  most of the Saxon period. During the late Saxon era pins of base metal were introduced and generally used by women to secure a cloak and indeeed their hair.

With the arrival Viking culture arrived the use of pine became more widespread and they were made made of silver with ornate ends and used by both men and women. This finely decorated example, has a handy spoon or scoop to the end for cosmetic or medical use. One such considered use was as an ear scoop! Vikings were particularly proud of their appearance, and cleaned their hair, ears and beards. Lice were a problem even for a Norseman.  



Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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  • Product Code: 21091207
  • Availability: Sold
  • £125.00

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