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 – Valkyries

Valkyrie figure from the Danish exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum

Valkyrie figure from the Danish exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum

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 three Valkyrie figures that I alluded to in my previous post.

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Freya and Valkyrie pendants

Frey and Valkyrie reproduction pendants

Frey and Valkyrie reproduction pendants

Today I have another ‘shopping’ post for you – super quick (I have some new projects that I just finished, but I need to photograph them first!) just to show off these really nice Freya and Valkyrie reproduction pendants. Well, the seller was selling them as earrings, but I’ll be disassembling them and using them as pendants on my treasure necklaces/festoons instead!

Want your own? I got mine through “Do I look Phat in This?” – an Etsy seller from Sweden – and she still has some left! Act fast! (Shipping was also quick to Canada too 🙂 )