St. Ninian's Island Treasure Brooch - Half size replica of a brooch found in the St. Ninian's Island Treasure discovered on the Shetland Islands. The St. Ninian's Island Treasure is considered to be "the only Scottish hoard of fine metalwork of this date to survive in its entirety" according to the National Museum of Scotland. The pieces date back to the 8th century and thought to be hastily buried to hide them from Viking raiders. Brooches were not only used to fasten cloaks, but also signified wealth and status. The large number of brooches found in this hoard suggested the family was aristocratic. This brooch is 2 inches across. Sterling Silver, made in the Shetland Islands, Scotland.
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