A hand-crafted pewter reproduction of the Pitney brooch, which is within the collection of The British Museum.
Found in Pitney, Somerset, England, the brooch is dated to the late 11th century and shows an entwined animal and snake in combat.
The brooch is a rare and fine example of the combination of Scandinavian and English art styles that occurred at this time: the design, with its plant-like tendrils and ribbon animals, is an English version of the final phase of Viking art, the Urnes Style. However, the delicate beading which picks out the main animal and the scalloped border of the brooch are both Anglo-Saxon features.
The brooch forms part of a collection of jewellery from the British studio, St Justins, available to accompany the Vikings exhibition. Each piece is crafted by hand in Cornwall, the South West extremity of Britain.
Ideal as a gift, it comes supplied in a velvet presentation box.
Read more about the Pitney brooch in the British Museum collection here
Read more about the Urnes style here