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Viking and Migration Age Europe

ANT 1. Excavated Viking Warrior’s Battle Sword, Ca. 875-975 AD.

Verbal provenance of Northern Germany (possibly near the Viking Trade Center of Haithabu) and from a London UK private sword collection. Condition is superb for being excavated which points to it being found long ago in a pagan cremation grave or barrow. Textbook example of a Petersen Type V Viking Sword. Note gold wire inlay in cross guard. Pommel most likely had the same design but it has been obscured through ground action. Viking swords in any condition are extremely rare. Blade retains it’s temper and sharp edge. When you handle this sword the first thing that surprises you is how light and balanced it is. A true killing machine in the hands of a skilled warrior. Viking Swords were given names such as “Snake of the Byrnie”, “Leg Biter”, Leech of Wounds”, “Flame of Battle and “Hole Maker”. These swords were well made with some of their blades being imported from the Frankish Rhineland. The Vikings became prolific traders of these fine swords along with their slaves, amber and furs. There is a wide variety of intricately crafted hilts influenced by Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon, Irish and Eastern European designs. One can only imagine the scenes of carnage and chaos that were witnessed by this amazing Viking Weapon.



ANT 2. Dug Viking “Ringerike” Dragon Mount. 10th Century AD.

Fantastic piece cast in bronze and a great example of the Scandinavian “Ringerike” art style. Note the three snarling dragon heads. Most likely used to decorate a Warrior’s Horse Harness or Sword Belt. From an English private collection.



ANT 3. Dug Viking “Bearded” Battle Axe.

Fantastic condition. These smaller size axes (Skeggox) could be held behind a shield or tucked into a warrior’s belt. Some warriors like Floki in the TV series “Vikings” would wield one in each hand for very fast and furious attacks. There were established and well proven tactics using these weapons. One would be pulling down an opponent’s shield with one and then striking with the other. This is a fearsome weapon. Dug near Kiev, Ukraine. Capital of the Kievan Rus.



ANT 4. Dug Viking Sword Chape or Scabbard Tip.

Textbook example. Made of iron and in remarkable condition due to being found in a cremation burial site. Note design of vertical lines. Excavated in Western Ukraine.



ANT 5. Viking Sword found on the 1066 Stamford Bridge Battlefield, Yorkshire, England.

Thousand year old Viking Swords with known battlefield provenance are unheard of. This one was found in June of 1942 in the immediate vicinity of Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire. No doubt a relic of the climactic and savage battle fought there on Sept. 25th, 1066. The morphology of the sword (Petersen Type X) is dead on time wise as an early 11th century type. This battle preceded Hastings and directly affected the outcome in favor of the Normans over the weakened Saxons. Norwegian King Harald Sigurdson also known as Harald Hardrade (hard ruler) invaded Northern England and joined forces with Tostig, brother of the Saxon King Harold Godwinson. Hardrade and William, Duke of Normandy both claimed to be rightful heirs of the Saxon Throne after the death of Edward the Confessor, as opposed to Harold who was considered a usurper. The Norwegian army numbered about 9000 men. Harold Godwinson’s Saxon army (approx. 15,000 men) marched north to meet them near Stamford Bridge. The battle was hard fought but ended in a decisive victory for King Harold and the Saxons. Both Tostig and Hardrade were slain on the field. So many died in an area so small that the field was said to have been still whitened with bleached bones 50 years after the battle. (Click here for a more thorough account) The Sword is in remarkable condition for a ground find, still very strong, flexible and even functional. Note the three sets of brass double hourglass runes inlaid in the blade. Imagine this blade being wielded in the death struggle at the very twilight of the Viking Age, a bloody witness and active participant to the horrors of that great slaughter. This sword is featured on page 82 of Tai Larson’s Viking Weapons and Skaldic Poetry Book. It may very well be published elsewhere. What an amazing and historic relic!



 ANT 6. Excavated Viking “Flat Topped” Battle Axe.

Vicious and effective. Brutal. Exclusively Scandinavian design. Outstanding condition. Professionally cleaned and preserved according to museum standards. Found in England. Part of a London Gentleman’s private museum. Custom stand included.



ANT 7. Excavated Viking Sword.

Rare artifact, though broken from battle or intentionally. Verbal provenance is that it is a battlefield find near Vinnytsia, Ukraine. Bronze guard and pommel have a matching pagan solar symbol motif. Blade is broken at the tang and measure 9″ in length, 2 1/8″ at widest point. Cross guard is 4″. One lobe of pommel is broken off from hard impact. Sometimes weapons were ceremonially broken as offerings. Complete Viking age swords are extremely rare and expensive. This sword displays great, is affordable and real. 9th-10th Cent. AD.



ANT 8. Excavated Germanic Shield Boss or “Umbo”.

Hard to find these intact. Viking and Migration age shields were constructed of layers of wood covered with leather and the iron Umbo was in the center protecting the hand. This one has a mean little spike projecting from it. Missing parts of the rim and has some areas of rust through. Measures 6″ in diameter. Dug at a 7th Century battle site near Vinnytsia, Ukraine.



ANT 9. Excavated Viking light Battle Axe or “Skeggox”.

These were wielded in a single hand, sometime with one in each hand. The warrior also may have had a couple of these tucked in his belt. Designed for fast attacks and possibly thrown at enemies like the earlier Frankish “Franciscas”. Condition is untouched and just as it was dug. Iron is very stable. Provenance of Northern Lithuania.



ANT 10. Excavated Viking Shield Boss or “Umbo”.

This is a very scarce find. Designed to protect the hand, these formed the center of the classic round Viking Shield. Constructed of wood and covered with animal hides, sometimes painted as well with mythological designs and fantastic beasts. Condition is excellent and shows a bit of battle damage. Measures 5.5″ in diameter. Found on a battle site near Vinnytsia, Ukraine. 8th to 11th Centuries AD.



ANT 11. Dug Viking Battle Spear ca. 800-1000 AD.

Very good condition and made of wrought iron. Classic textbook style. Measures nearly 12″ long. Dug near Tallin, Estonia.



ANT 12. Viking Age Chain Mail Fragment.

Unearthed in Latvia in the context of other Viking finds. Note the individual hand riveted chain links. Part of a mail hauberk or attached to the skirt of a helmet. Conditions must be exceptional for these fragments to survive oxidation.



ANT 13. Dug Viking Lunar Amulet.

This amulet known as a “Lunula” was worn by pagan Viking and Slavic women as a charm for fertility, good luck and a happy life. Cast in bronze with interesting decorative detail. Condition is fantastic with a knee deep emerald green patina. Found near Kiev, Ukraine, the power seat of the Swedish Viking Rus. 



ANT 14. Age of the Crusades Knightly Broadsword ca. 1100-1150.

Extremely rare sword in remarkable condition. This sword is exactly what I imagine Godfrey of Bouillon would have wielded while breaching the walls of Jerusalem in 1099 and splitting the skulls of it’s fanatical muslim occupiers. What is more, this fine sword is documented and photographed on page 45 of Ewart Oakshotte’s reference book “Records of the Medieval Sword”. Originally found in a German Knight’s Tomb, possibly a Crusader, possibly a great landed Lord and Vassal of the Holy Roman Emperor. Condition is consistent with the provenance, not excavated or heavily pitted. Measures 44″ overall, blade alone is 37″. Sword is very well balanced and in the hands of a powerful warrior would certainly cleave through chain mail and helmets. Blade still maintains it’s temper and sharp edge. Almost 1000 years old. I cannot emphasize how rare, historical and impressive this magnificent weapon is. When I behold it, I cannot help but imagine the age of mail clad knights in their colorful surcoats, the unstoppable charge of Noble Blooded Lords on their massive steeds with War Lances leveled. I can imagine the skies darkening under showers of arrows, the cries of the wounded, some impaled by spears, some with shattered heads and severed limbs. I can hear the curses and invocations of God and the Saints. This sword is a witness to such scenes and was certainly carried by and buried with a powerful Christian Knight.



ANT 15. Dug Viking Age Hair Comb.

Fashioned from bronze, some Viking combs were made of bone or antler. Great condition. 9th/11th Century A.D. Found near Kiev, Ukraine.



ANT 16. Excavated Viking Mjölnir or “Thor’s Hammer” Amulet.

Superb condition and finely wrought from silver. This example comes from a long time London Collection and most likely belonged to one of the invading Danes that plagued England in the 9th and 10th Centuries. These amulets are rare. Iron, gold and bronze examples are known and they come in various designs. They are found in contexts of Christian Amulets or Crucifixes and may signify a competition between the two religions. For more detailed information on these amulets, click HERE

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ANT 17. Dug Viking Battle Spear.

Monstrous Scandinavian Iron Socketed Spear Head. Measures over 15″ long. This is the classic angular style. Truly impressive and textbook Viking. 8th to 11th Century AD. Found near Tallin, Estonia.



ANT 18. Excavated Viking Age Heavy Battle Axe ca. 8th-10th Centuries AD.

Excellent condition. Used by the Norse and their Slavic allies/enemies. This type of heavy axe would be wielded with two hands and deliver a devastating blow to an opponents shield or skull. This one was dug recently near Kiev, Ukraine.



ANT 19. Excavated Viking Shield Amulet. 8th-10th Century AD.

Fashioned from silver and intended to imbue a warrior’s shield with protective powers during battle. The designs are indicative of how their actual shields may have been painted. The stamped markings appear to be tiny fish among solar symbols which are grouped in fours and may represent the seasons. Found near Tallin, Estonia.



ANT 20. Excavated Viking Woman’s “Turtle” Brooch.

These were worn in pairs at the shoulders. A small chain was suspended in between that had various amulets and decorative pendants hanging from it. Cast bronze. Dug near Tallin, Estonia (Baltic States).



ANT 21. Excavated Boy’s Battle Axe with decoration.

Rare find. This Danish Pattern Battle Axe measures about 5″ across and most likely was carried by a Viking Warrior’s Son as he learned the arts of war. Another speculation is that it may have been a votive offering to the Gods as it was found in Lake Ladoga with a magnet. Condition is superb. Note thin design with D-shaped socket and small square punch mark patterns in the blade. This is an outstanding axe.



ANT 22. Rare excavated pair of Silver Visigothic Bow Fibulae from Spain.

This large (6.25″) matching pair are dated to the end of the 5th Century AD. and were most likely found long ago in a Germanic Row Grave Cemetery on the Central Meseta. Constructed of solid sheet silver with gilt brass palmettes at the junctures. Iron pins on back rusted away. Two of the arrow shaped terminals on one of the fibulae are restorations. These were worn to close a woman’s cloak at the shoulders and were worn in conjunction with rectangular cloisonne’ Belt Buckle Plates with oval loops. Only women of very high status could afford this ornamentation. Ref. “Art of Medieval Spain”Metropolitan Museum of Art page 59 fig. 14.”The Visigoths, an Ethnographic Perspective” by Peter Heather page 413, fig. 11-1.



ANT 23. Early Anglo Saxon Bow Brooch.

This small bronze brooch is an early type dating to the late 5th, early 6th Century AD. Note beast head finial. County Kent, England.



ANT 24. Visigothic Belt Buckle Plaque ca. 7th Cent. AD.

Classic early to mid 7th Century style featuring stylized griffin design. Deep green patina. This buckle is a reflection of the Byzantine influence on art of the later Visigothic Kingdom. Connecting pin is a modern replacement. Provenance of Merida, Spain. Ref. “The Visigoths, an Ethnographic Perspective” by Peter Heather page 418, fig. 11-5.



ANT 25. Ostrogothic Bow Fibula. 5th to 6th Cent. AD.

Nice example made of cast bronze. Radiate head type. Spring pin intact. Used to pin a woman’s cloak at the shoulders. Provenance of the Danube River Valley.



ANT 26. Massive Iron Viking Battle Spear. 8th to 10th Cent. AD.

This particularly robust type would have been attached to a shaft about 14′ long and rammed through the enemy’s shield wall by 3 or 4 warriors at once. This was done to create opportunities of exposing and killing their foes. The blade is over 20″ long and is quite heavy. These massive spears are very rare. Note crude forging. Dug in the Chernigov Region of Ukraine and most likely a cremation grave find due to it’s remarkable condition.



 ANT 27. Dug “Lunula” Amulet.

Great condition and cast in bronze. These amulets were worn by Nordic and Slavic Women and are of very ancient origin. To start researching the protective power of this ancient jewelry, it is necessary to provide a proper definition. Lunula means a small moon. It is a female symbol dating back to the end of the Bronze Age. Women commonly wore the Lunula necklace and used the Lunula elements in various ornaments presenting their devotion to the moon which was a symbol of female fertility. This type of jewelry was of great popularity among Slavic and Viking women. People wearing this symbol hoped to attract luck, happiness and to protect themselves from evil forces, like the Evil Eye and demonic creatures. This example has a nice green patina and was dug in Estonia. 



ANT 28. Silver Viking Axe Amulet.

Made of silver and intended to protect a warrior in battle. These small silver axes are found in Scandinavia, Central Europe and Ukraine. They are loosely associated with the Cult of Perun. This example was dug in Estonia and is in excellent condition.



ANT 29. Excavated Knightly Sword ca. 1200-1400 AD. 

Oakshotte Type XII with downward tapering cross guard. Note “Cocked Hat” Pommel. When found, this sword had considerable pitting and areas of loss, particularly towards the tip. Sword has undergone a thorough preservation process which included electrolysis and desalinization. It was treated with tannic acid then coated with a microcrystalline wax. Areas of loss restored seamlessly with a flexible epoxy. One byproduct of this particular process  was the loss of temper in the blade which is now very thin and somewhat floppy. This is unfortunate but on the positive side, this sword displays very well, is authentic and reasonably priced. Measures 38 1/8″ overall. Blade measures 32″. Found with a metal detector outside of the village Khlivchany, in Western Ukraine. About 45 miles from Lviv, the the capital of Ukrainian Galicia.



ANT 30. Dug Viking or Anglo-Saxon Spear Head.

Heavy type with 6 sided shaft. Remarkable condition. Verbal provenance of near Sutton, England. Measures nearly 10″ long. 8th-11th Century AD.



ANT 31. Dug Viking “Bearded” Battle Axe. 9th to 11th Century AD.

All business and designed for chopping down enemies, not wood. This fantastic example comes from a long time and discriminating Ukrainian collection. These axes are just plain wicked looking. Very minor pitting to the iron and thoroughly cleaned and treated for preservation. Dug near the Capital of the Kievan Rus, Kiev Ukraine.



ANT 32. Massive Viking Battle Spear. Ca. 9th-11th Cent. AD.

A thousand years old and over 16″ long. Classic Scandinavian Pattern with wide angular blade. Textbook example. Moderate ground action. Dug near Kiev and from a long time Ukrainian Collection. Very rare to find this large and in this condition. Professionally preserved.



ANT 33. Dug Anglo Saxon “Horse Head” Brooch. 5th-6th Cent. AD.

A relic from the very first days when Saxons, Angles and Jutish Pirates overran the undefended Roman Province of Britannia. They drove the Romano Britons into a corner of the island that became Wales. This invasion came in waves and was accompanied with great slaughter and plundering. The Pagan Germanic tribes settled across the island and under the Christianizing influence of the Catholic Church developed a peace loving society with high levels of art and learning. In the year 786, there is an entry in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle that mentions three Longships coming ashore;  

“Here Beorhtric [AD 786-802] took King Offa’s daughter Eadburh. And in his days there came for the first time 3 ships; and then the King’s Reeve (Sheriff) rode there and wanted to compel them to go to the king’s town, because he did not know what they were; and they slew him. Those were the first ships of the Danish men which sought out the land of the English race.” Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Winchester MS).

Here is the first contact of what would become two and a half centuries of savage Viking attacks and settlement ravaging the whole island. It seems that the blood shed in the Anglo Saxon Conquest came to fall upon their heads when they least expected it and in greater measure. This Pagan Anglo-Saxon Bronze Brooch is remarkable for it’s size, 5.5″ as well as the fantastic green patina and decoration. They were worn in pairs by women and pinned their cloaks at the shoulders. Found by a detectorist in Kent. No repairs or alterations.



ANT 34. Scandinavian Raven Shield or Purse Mount. 

Dug in England and possibly Anglo Saxon. Measures about 2″ and made of cast bronze. Note similarity in form to the exquisite Viking Raven Mount that was dug in Norway. 9th to 10th Cent. AD.



ANT 35. “Vikings” Reference Book by Tai Larsen.

This great book has been sold out by Amazon and is very hard to get. I have twenty copies that I got directly from the author who has hand signed them all. This book has great pictures of dug Swords, Axes, Amulets, Spears, Arrow Points, Horse Trappings, Belts and much more. Tai composed his own Scandinavian Saga influenced poetry to accompany the pictures. Paperback format and 104 richly illustrated pages. Great stuff and perfect for an introduction to these relics unlike the overwhelmingly exhaustive and academic works by Holger Arbman which cover the excavations at Birka in Sweden. I highly recommend his works if you can find them and want to take your interest further. Two other great introductory volumes I will recommend are “The Viking World” and “Viking Art” both by James Duncan Campbell.

$55.00 ea. while they last.


ANT 36. Excavated Viking “Omega” or “Penannular” Brooch.

Made of twisted bronze and of modest design. Great patina and no ground action. Pin intact. These were used to pin a Viking Warrior’s Cloak at the shoulder freeing up his sword hand. These are mentioned by Ibn Fadlan in his 10th Century description of the Kievan Rus. Read this amazing account HERE. Dug in Estonia on the Baltic. 8th to 11th Century AD.





Native American Antiquities

All artifacts on this page were found on private property with land owner’s permission prior to 1979.


NA 1. Incised Caddo Jar. Ca. 

Rare geometric design, finely crafted and in perfect condition with no chips or restoration. Originally found in Clark Co. Arkansas and acquired from the Hiwassee College Collection. This is a truly exquisite piece. 



NA 2. Punctilated Caddo or Quapaw Bowl.

Decorated over it’s complete surface with fingernail impressions. No restoration whatsoever. Found by Eddie Bankston near Clarksdale, MS. in the 1960′s.



NA 3. Dug Anasazi “Ram Head” Effigy Water Pot.

Rare and perfectly intact with only minor rim chipping. No repairs or restoration whatsoever. Measures approx. 6.5″ in diameter by 6.25″ tall. Note dog or fox head effigy and tight geometric patterns. I believe this type dates ca. 800 to 1200 AD. Found long before 1979 on private property in Catron County New Mexico by the late Dr. Rick Kalister.




NA 4. Excavated Anasazi Effigy Vessel ca. 800-1200 AD.

This weird looking vessel is shaped like a football and has a spout on top with a dog head effigy projecting from it. Nice black geometric patterns painted all over it. Spout has pressure cracks but no material loss or restoration whatsoever. Measures Approx. 5.75″ across at widest point and 4.75″ tall. This is an extraordinary Native American artifact. Dug long ago by Dr. Rick Kalister on private property. Catron County New Mexico.



NA 5. Caddo Jar.

Flawless condition. No repairs or restoration whatsoever. Lightly decorated with incising. Ex. Hiwassee College Collection.



NA 6. Native American “Discoidal” or Game Stone. Ca. 800-1500 AD.

An amazing and quite massive example. Deeply hollowed out on both sides. Extremely well made and highly polished. The stone is very hard and granite like. These discs were made to play a series of games. One documented game was called “Chunky” where players would roll the stone and then cast spears at it once it rested. The closest spear was the winner. Discoidals this large and well fabricated are very rare. It measures 4″ in diameter and 2 5/8″ thick. Verbal provenance of Tennessee. Ex. Tom Davis, Ex. Dan White Collection. Comes with a Tom Davis Certification.




NA 7. Dug Anasazi “Ram’s Head” Effigy Water Pot.

Nearly flawless example with only a extremely minor rim chips and no restoration or repair whatsoever. Dog head effigy projects from side of rim. Interesting geometric patterns with crosses and lines. Found in 1970 by Dr. Rick Kalister in Catron County, New Mexico. Measures 5.5″ in diameter and 5″ in height. Ex. Dr. Kalister Collection.



NA 8. Large Incised Caddo Bowl.

Pristine, untouched, undamaged, AUTHENTIC and large Caddo Bowl. Nicely decorated. Ex. Hiwassee College Collection.



 NA 9. Excavated cache of large Native American Adze Blades.

Found together in a cache long ago near Dickson TN. by Gary Brown. All skillfully crafted from Dover Chert. One is a “Hogback” Adze. Note the polished surfaces on the working edges.