Reproduction Equal-Armed Brooch

A reproduction of an equal-armed brooch found in Nottinghamshire

A reproduction of an equal-armed brooch in the Borre style found in Nottinghamshire. This style of brooch is known from Birka in Sweden, suggesting trade contacts or individuals from Birka arriving in the East Midlands.

Brooches were a typical part of female dress. Scandinavian brooches came in a variety of sizes and shapes which included disc, trefoil, lozenge, equal-armed, and oval shapes. The different brooch types served a variety of functions in Scandinavian female dress with oval brooches typically being used as shoulder clasps for apron-type dresses and the rest being used to secure an outer garment to an inner shift. Anglo-Saxon brooches do not match this diversity of form with large disc brooches being typical of ninth century dress styles with smaller ones becoming more popular in the later ninth and tenth centuries. However, since disc brooches were used by both Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian women they are distinguished by their morphology. Scandinavian brooches were typically domed with a hollow back while Anglo-Saxon brooches were usually flat. Moreover, Anglo-Saxon brooches were worn singly without accompanying accessories.

Object Type



circa 900 — 1000


Ascribed Culture





Viking Objects

Current Location

Private Ownership


Birka, Borre, brooch, copper_alloy, gilded, jewellery, Nottinghamshire, Portable_Antiquities_Scheme, reproduction, Sweden, Viking, women

Further information

You can see the original at Private Ownership.

This object is related to Harworth, Nottinghamshire.
Find out about Harworth, Nottinghamshire.


Made by Adam Parsons of Blueaxe Reproductions


Portable Antiquities Scheme

Portable Antiquities Scheme

Nordiska museet

Kershaw, Jane F. Viking identities: Scandinavian jewellery in England. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), p. 20-25.