Jewellery purchases from the Turku Medieval Market

A pendant in the style of one of the Gotland Crystal pendants.

A pendant in the style of one of the Gotland Crystal pendants.

In my last blog post I mentioned some of the jewellery purchases I made at the Turku Medieval Market, (Keskiaikaiset markkinat), and today I’ll do my show-and-tell about what I ended up buying from the two vendors I mentioned.

Nordens Historiska Fynd

Most of the items I added to my Viking bling-kit are from Nordens Historiska Fynd. Their booth had an excellent clerk who was very helpful, and who let me know that many of their items were listed on their website with information about where the originals were from, inspiring their replicas.

Needle case

Bronze needle case from Nordens Historiska Fynd

Bronze needle case from Nordens Historiska Fynd

For a while I’ve been using a leather item that is meant to LOOK like a needle case (but is actually holding my lipgloss!) (Shown in photos in this post)

I’ve been wanting to add a “real” needle case to my Viking Age kit – and Historiska Fynd had one! I’ve looked for a while, and was so glad to find it!

While their website didn’t identify which artefact this needle case is based on, it looks very similar to me to the “Common woman’s” grave find from Uppland, Sweden.

I have a photo of this original artefact in my October 2014 blog post if you’d like to see the original.

Bead spreaders

Gotland-style bead spreaders from Nordens Historiska Fynd

Gotland-style bead spreaders from Nordens Historiska Fynd

Next up – bead spreaders…
I originally didn’t pick these up, until I asked about the price as the clerk was already packaging up my other selections – and the price was just too good to let them stay behind.

Still, I’ll need bead hangers as well before I can wear them, so I don’t anticipate using them any time soon – plus I will either need to restring my beads, or buy a LOT more beads to make new festoons before I’m able to wear them.

These bead spreaders (they call them bead distributors on their website) are based on a find from Gotland, Sweden. They have them in this two-section size and a longer three-section size as well. The three-section size was what the original find was.

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The Swedish museum page indicates that the original was gold and silver plated, though mine are made of bronze.

Disc & ball crystal pendants

Ball crystal and disc crystal pendants in the style of the Gotland crystals.

Ball crystal and disc crystal pendants in the style of the Gotland crystals.

Although I still haven’t decided what I’ll do with my ball crystal in the style of the Gotland finds that I bought from Master Ark in August 2015 – I still bought two more crystal pendants from Historiska Fynd at the Turku Medieval Market.

One is a small sphere crystal like the one I already have, while the other is a disc-shaped crystal. The larger one I might string on a chain and wear as-is, while the smaller one I might add to a beaded festoon – especially if it’s similar in size to the one I bought from Master Ark.

Ear spoon

An ear-spoon is a rather unique accessory, but I have wanted one of these for a while as well. This ear spoon has one image – of a woman with a drinking horn – possibly a valkyrie on one side, and what kind of looks like a cat to me on the reverse.

On their website, Historiska Fynd indicates that the original this is based on is from grave Bj507 at Birka, Sweden. They write that ear spoons “are small spoon-like tools used during the Viking Age and until late Middle Ages, in some places in the 19th century, to clear out ear wax and other dirt from the ears. During the Viking era, it seems to have been carried by women, preferably hanging from the tortoise brooches. Most of the findings are from Birka and Gotland.”

The original is silver, and the museum indicates that there is a human female figure on one side which they speculate is a valkyrie, and the other an animal figure which they speculate is an image of Fenrir. Grave Bj507 had a number of different artefacts, seen here. My new accessory is made of bronze.

Horse clatter charm

A pendant with horse heads from Historiska Fynd

A pendant with horse heads from Historiska Fynd

Unfortunately the Historiska Fynd website doesn’t include the inspiration for this horse pendant, but it looked similar to Finnish Iron Age artefacts that I had seen online (and later saw in person – more about that in a post to come!).

Torfin on Etsy looks at two of the artefacts – one Finnish, one Baltic. The Baltic one he describes as a 11-12th century bifacial pendant with two horse-heads on a central plaque. The plaque has a central hold, and six loops on the lower edge for the attachment of chains.

The second image Torfin references is a 9th century necklace from Finland, also with double horse heads.

I haven’t done significantly more digging yet, but other pendants with two horse heads and dangles (or holes for attaching chains) are on Pinterest here, here, and here.


Female figure pendant from Historiska Fynd

Female figure pendant from Historiska Fynd

This pendant is based on a Danish pendant dated to around 800 CE. It features a woman (possibly a depiction of Freya), and has a (rare) three-dimensional head and flat body. The original find is 46mm tall,  and is solid silver, gilded with gold. The version I’ve added to my Viking bling kit is bronze.

The dress in the original figure is quite clear, with long sleeves and a full-length skirt. The figure also wears what could be a two-strand beaded necklace, and has a tri-lobed piece of jewellery at her waist. This is unique, because most grave finds indicate that the tri-lobed brooch was worn on the chest.

The figure’s hair is “combed back tightly down the back center and assembled into a small knoll” according to this Heritage Daily article about the figure.


Some of my purchases from Historiska Fynd

Some of my purchases from Historiska Fynd

Another needle case

Silver-tone needle case with chain.

Silver-tone needle case with chain.

After purchasing the bronze needle case and other goodies above, I noted that the bronze ornaments wouldn’t “go with” my current kit – which is all silver-tone. While evidence suggests that the Vikings didn’t have the same notion of not mixing metals that we do…  I still was very happy to find this silver-tone needle case at another vendor. The price was good (much better than I’ve been disappointed with in the past- hence not owning a needle case until now!) so I purchased it as well. Since it already has a chain attached, I can wear it right away too!

More posts about the Turku Medieval Market

You can click the Turku Medieval Market tag to see more of the posts from the market – but stay tuned because there are more to come!

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Just a few of the lovely things I picked up at the #Turku @kmTurku #medieval market yesterday. Most of my kit is based off the white bronze brooches I have bought years ago… but now I've found so many pieces in yellow bronze I may need to order a set of brooches to match… (Though I far prefer the white/ silver colourway). Does anyone know if it's possible to plate yellow bronze? If I order new brooches… what do you think of the "arched door" shape over the domed "turtle" brooches? (I may need to do some research there… since my #VikingAge persona is 950 Iceland) . 👑🦄👑🦄👑 #fabric #diamondTwill #medievalCraft #MedievalDress #medievalMarket #medievalBling #medievalWorld #KeskiaikaisetMarkkinat #Suomi100 #FinnishCulture #Finland #reenactorLife #reenactment #reenactor #reenactorsOfInstagram #medievalMarketTurku #VikingStyle #VikingBling #historicalCostume #justvikingthings #jewellery #bronze #VikingReenactment #historicalCraft #Viking

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