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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.

Textbook example in superb condition, dug near Kharkiv, Ukraine. 9th-10th Cent. AD. Axes were ubiquitous to Viking warfare and were common grave offerings. 



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. 7th to 9th Cent. AD.



ANT 5. Excavated Viking Age Crucifix.

Early bronze type with traces of yellow enamel in recesses. Superb condition. Excavated near Tallin, Estonia. 10th-11th Cent. AD. Christianity quickly took hold among the Swedes trading and raiding in the east due to the influence of Byzantine missionaries. The crucifix became the most powerful amulet with the greatest protective powers eclipsing the Hammer of Thor, the Axe of Perun and the Lunula of the Moon Goddess. 



ANT 6. Excavated Viking Child’s Sword Pommel and Cross Guard.

Small sized swords made for boys and the ways of the war band were instilled early on. Life was short and times were beyond brutal. Every boy desired to become a great warrior. This sword is classified as a Petersen Type K, which has a seven lobed pommel. Note pagan solar symbols. The iron blade has deteriorated except for a small trace in the cross guard. Cast in bronze. Extremely rare. Dug on the Baltic coast of Estonia. 9th-10th Century AD.



ANT 7. Excavated Viking Sword.

Rare artifact, though broken from battle or intentionally as an offering. 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. Viking Pendant made from an Abbasid Caliphate Gold Dinar ca. late 9th Cent. AD.

In the East, the Vikings exchanged furs, slaves, Baltic Amber and weapons to the Arabs in exchange for gold and silver coins. The silver coins or “Dirhems” have been found in hoards as far West as Iceland. The much rarer gold Dinars were used exclusively for jewelry and adornment. This one is in great condition and was carefully crafted into a pendant by the Vikings. This piece surfaced at London auction house but exact provenance is uncertain. 



ANT 9. Excavated “Danish” Battle Axe ca. 10th-11th Cent. AD.

This is a massive and rare “Danish” Battle Axe. These were wielded with two hands and originally mounted on a long wooden shaft. An iconic weapon of the late Viking and early Medieval Period and a favorite of the Saxons and Varangian Guard. Note applied cutting edge which is made of a hardened steel. Condition is superb with only minor pitting. Provenance of Kiev Oblast, Ukraine.



ANT 10. Massive Viking Warrior’s Battle Spear.

When this spear came out of the ground, I had to compete with several collectors to get it. Quite remarkable not only for it’s huge size (22″) but also for it’s spectacular condition. Classic Scandinavian Pattern. Socket has fluted decoration. Spears this size are very rare. 8th-10th Cent. AD. Dug near Kiev, Ukraine.



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. Gilt Silver Frankish Bow Fibula with Beast Head ca. 6th-7th Cent. AD.

Finely wrought by a Germanic Silver Smith for a wealthy woman. These were worn in pairs to pin a cloak or gown at the shoulders. The Franks were a fierce tribe and were early champions of Catholic Christianity while their barbarian cousins were steadfast Arian Christians. This was due to their great King Clovis’ conversion at Rheims in 496. The Frankish Empire at one time encompassed most of Western Europe. Provenance of France or Germany.



ANT 13. Dug Medieval Lance Head Ca. 14th-15th Cent. AD.

There is no armor that this spear would not penetrate. Designed to counter the plate armor that was developing at the time. Forged as a long four sided spike with holes in the socket to secure it to the wooden shaft. Found recently by a metal detectorist in Central Europe.



ANT 14. Canaanite Bronze Age Battle Axe. Ca. 1900 BC.

Truly ancient. This is a weapon that Abraham and the early Israelites would have been familiar with. Known in archaeological texts as a “Duck Bill” Battle Axe. Remarkable condition with a beautiful green patina. These axes are depicted in detail on Egyptian reliefs of the period. Provenance of Israel near the Mediterranean Coast. Accompanied by a black display stand.



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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 Silver Gilt Viking Amulet depicting Fenrir the Giant Wolf in the Norse Ringerike style. 

Found by a metal detectorist at the site of a Viking trading post along the Dneiper River in Ukraine. Fantastic condition with no repairs or issues. This is a really rare amulet. Fenrir figures prominently in Norse Mythology as a monstrous wolf that eventually kills Odin in the apocalypse of Ragnarok and bites off the hand of the Norse God Tyr. Click on this link to learn more: . The pendant is about 1.25″ in diameter with an intact attachment loop. A good bit of gold plating still remains. This is a textbook piece of Viking Jewelry. 10th Century AD.



ANT 17. Dug Viking Chieftain’s Stirrups and Bit.

This wrought iron set was very likely found long ago in the pagan cremation grave of a great chieftain. Only very high status warriors or Jarls rode on horseback. The deceased Jarl’s horse was slain and cremated as well as favored slaves and other animals. All to join him in the paradise of Valhalla. The iron is transformed or annealed during the burning process and resists oxidation. This explains the remarkable preservation in many cases of pagan age iron objects and weapons. With the spread of Christianity, burials became inhumations and grave goods were no longer necessary for the afterlife. Baltic Coast, Poland. 8th-11th Cent. AD.



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

Excellent condition. Used by the Vikings 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. Dug Battle Axe Amulet.

Cast in bronze, these amulets are found in several forms and are thought to possess magical and protective properties. Scholars associate them with the Cult of Perun and the Cult of St. Olaf. This example is in very good condition with an untouched patina and was found by a detectorist on the Baltic Coast of Estonia. 10th-11th Century AD. See this article for more information on these prized artifacts.



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. Ibn Fadlan describes the women wearing these in his Risala or description of his travels among the Kievan Rus. Dug near Tallin, Estonia (Baltic States). 



ANT 21. Excavated Light Danish Battle Axe with decoration.

Rare find. This small Danish Pattern Battle Axe or “Skeggox” measures about 5″ across and was wielded in battle with one hand. Condition is superb. Note thin design with D-shaped socket, applied blade edge and small square punch mark patterns in the blade. This is an outstanding axe. Found in Ukraine. 10th-11th Cent. AD.



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 Visigothic 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 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. Dug Viking Age Iron Socketed Spearhead.

Common light variant. Complete and in very good condition. Measures about 8″ in length. Dug in Ukraine. More of a throwing type than thrusting. 8th to 11th Century AD.



 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. Superb Viking Sword Scabbard Tip with Norse “Borre” decoration. 9th-10th Cent. AD.

Cast in bronze and in perfect condition. The face on both sides is worn but is thought to depict the Norse God Odin. Fantastic “gripping beast” Borre Style motifs with Pagan Solar Symbols along the edges. Deep emerald green patina. Dug near Zhitomir, Ukraine.



ANT 30. Large Viking “Bearded” Battle Axe.

Massive two handed Battle Axe in superb condition. Classic form and very rare this size. Professionally cleaned and restored. Dug in Northwestern Ukraine. Approx. 8″ in length. This is a fierce looking weapon that had to be wielded by a powerful warrior. 8th-11th Cent. AD.



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

All business and designed for chopping down enemies, not trees. 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. 


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

Made of  bronze and featuring a poppy design. Great patina and no ground action. Pin intact. Used to fasten 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.



ANT 37. Excavated set of Viking Slave Shackles ca. 9th-11th Cent. AD.

Don’t ever think for a moment that Africans (called “Blue Men” by the Vikings) were the only slaves. The Vikings were prolific slave traders and the muslims had an insatiable appetite for fair blonde women and boys. The Vikings didn’t trade their own women but captured their prey in raids from Ireland to Russia. The Slavic Tribes were their main source of slaves and some scholars say that is where the word “Slave” originates. This set of shackles is in good condition and still retains it’s primitive lock. Found in a Viking Settlement near Kiev, Ukraine.



ANT 38. Dug Medieval War Hammer on hand carved reproduction shaft. Circa 14th-16th Cent. AD.

This fierce weapon was carried by heavily armored knights on horseback and was designed to penetrate plate armour and bash helmets. There were various designs of these hammers and at the time they were called the “Bec de Corbin” or “Raven’s Beak” and they sometimes had a long spike opposite the hammer instead of a blade. The shaft is an accurate reproduction that is hand carved and really gives life to the weapon. The iron head was dug in Ukraine on a battlefield and has been professionally cleaned and coated.






ANT 44. Rare Terra Cotta Roman Oil Lamp depicting a Gladiator.

This lamp is in flawless condition and features a detailed Roman Gladiator (a Secutor) in relief with a shield and raised Gladius. Acquired from a London antiquities auction and most likely found in England as well. 1st-2nd Cent. AD. Anything depicting a Gladiator is very scarce and desirable. 



 ANT 45. Roman Bone Dice. 1st-4th Cent. AD.

Strikingly modern in appearance and function. These are found all over the Roman World and the Romans were great lovers of gambling. This die is in excellent condition. Time to “Roll the bones”.



ANT 46. Excavated Roman Silver Ring with the Goddess Minerva  Intaglio. 2nd Century AD.

This is a massive man’s finger ring. Crafted from solid silver. The intaglio is either made of red glass or carnelian and features Minerva on a throne holding a spear or staff and a sheath of wheat or grain. Condition is superb and untouched. Provenance uncertain but from a very old English collection.





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Native American Antiquities

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


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NA 1. Dug Anasazi “Dog 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.




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NA 2. 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 3. Caddo Jar.

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



NA 4. Large 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.



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NA 5. Dug Anasazi 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.