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Silver Sweden Valsgärde Shield Ornament Pin Uppsala Mythical Bird Red Enamel Inlay

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Norse mythological pin in the form of a predatory bird is executed in silver (no assay marks, untested) with an intricate red enamel inlay. This vintage pin from Sweden is an interpretation of ornamentation found in excavations at Valsgärde, a farm on the Fyris River, north of Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala) which was the main pagan center of Sweden during the Vendel Age (c. 550-793 A.D.) Before Christianity, Gamla Uppsala was one of the most important sacred sites for rituals as well as the burial grounds of royalty.

The pin has information on its back describing this origin: “VALSGÄRDE UPPSALA SWEDEN” “MOTIV FRÅN SKÖLD.” “600-TALET e. Kr.” and underneath that, what I presume is a translation “SHIELD ORNAMENT” “7th CENT. AD.” At the bottom of the piece is written “STIBE UPPSALA”. It has a tube hinge and simple C-clasp, and is in very good vintage condition with tarnishing on the back and sides, and some minor surface scratching. I have only lightly cleaned it.

I have seen one other pin like this (different enamel color) that was further marked with Swedish hallmarks (date of 1962, and sterling), but this example has no such marks. I wish I could tell you more about this powerful looking piece. The bird of prey motif was a warrior’s talisman, perhaps meant to protect and guide him. I just love the deep red enamel, and the legendary power it conveys.

This item will be presented in a tarnish resistant pouch and gift boxed.
SIZE: 2-3/16”H x 1-1/4”W

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Silver Sweden Valsgärde Shield Ornament Pin Uppsala Mythical Bird Red Enamel Inlay


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: silver metal, enamel
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