Throwback Thursday – Viking Knit – my first time using silver

The silver wire chain, once through the smallest drawplate hole, is small enough for a Pandora-style glass bead!

The silver wire chain, once through the smallest drawplate hole, is small enough for a Pandora-style glass bead!

This is another post that I started ages ago, saved as a draft… but forgot to post!

After feeling a lot more comfortable with Viking Knit (Trichinopoly) after a few successful projects in stainless steel and copper wire, I decided to buy some silver wire. (Almost twice the price.)

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Dating and placing my Viking Age bling – pendants

I started looking at my different Viking Age bling with the hopes of updating some of my beaded jewelry to be slightly more period informed. When I was trying to narrow things down… I ended up falling down even more rabbit holes, so decided to take a step back and look at my existing metal jewelry – I started with my brooches, but then realized this post was going to be too long if I included everything, so I broke up the post into a few different sections. This post will be about pendants (that aren’t Thor’s Hammers – that will be another post!).

Key – Denmark

Silver plated Viking bling

Silver plated Viking bling

The key description on Raymond’s Quiet Press site doesn’t indicate what find it was based on, only that it has a lion on it.  However, a further search indicates that the original is at The British Museum, who describes it as:

“Copper alloy key; cast bow a beaded circular frame enclosing profiled animal; short beaded shank with sub-triangular ward; incised linear decoration.
Viking 8thC-9thC
Found/Acquired: Denmark”

In this photo, shown with the other items I bought from Raymond’s Quiet Press at the same time. I chose to have all of these silver-plated for consistency, as well as to better suit my personal aesthetic.

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RAM Vikings – Bronze jewellery

Bronze jewellery from the RAM exhibit

Bronze jewellery from the RAM exhibit

Along with the turtle brooches, the Danish Viking Exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) there were a number of other jewellery pieces. You can see the turtle brooches here, but today I’ll be showing off some of the other pieces.

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RAM Vikings – Turtle brooches

Bronze (with silver and niello) turtle brooch from Holbæk , Denmark

Bronze (with silver and niello) turtle brooch from Holbæk , Denmark

Two years ago in May 2019 my mum and I took a trip to Edmonton to visit the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) specifically to see the touring Viking Exhibit from Denmark. It’s taken me some time to get through the photos (and remember to post) but over the next while I’ll share some of the highlights from the exhibit, hopefully to help any other reenactors or costumers get inspired for their own future projects!

Today’s post is all about turtle brooches!

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