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. As protectors, they also held spiritual significance for the warrior. Slightly under 1” diameter with a low rounded face and flat back. Indented for the cross pin. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored, on gilt mounted leather neck cord for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.