This small hammer dates from the 10th century, and was found on the Danish island of Lolland. It is the only one to be found with a runic inscription, which says 'Hammer Is' (HAMAR + IS). The spelling is interesting, as a letter A is missing, and the S is reversed- presumably by the jeweller to make the design more symmetrical, or that their spelling was not very good.
The inscription is also upside down when the hammer is suspended, so the inscription is presumably meant to be read when it is held with the head upwards.
The design on the front has been interpreted from the original, and appears to show a bird-like face in the Borre style.
Our pewter version is cast and hand finished by us in Scotland. It comes with a length of black waxed cord, and is peresented on a pendant card.
We send finished pewter pendants to England to be gold plated by specialists. Gold plating was common in the viking period, and was done with mercury. Thankfully, muercury is not used in the modern process.The gold pendants come with a length of black leather cord, and are packaged in a gift box.
All our pendants come with a product description on the back of the packaging.
|Pewter Dimensions||19mm X23mm|
|Gold Plated Weight||8.5g|
|Gold Plated Dimensions||20mm X 24mm|