Worn in numbers on the surface of the jerkin, these small metal brooches provided a measure of protection against sword cuts and, in fact, were a form of armor. See current Public Television programming for documentation of these in action. This example of exceptional form, slightly under 1 ¼” diameter with raised beaded inner edge and low beaded outer edge. As protectors, they also held spiritual significance for the warrior. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored and suspended from a premium polished leather neck cord with gold closure. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.