NEW YORK – Jasper52 will present two online auctions featuring Viking and Medieval jewelry on Dec. 5. The first auction, which starts Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern time, consists of jewelry and artifacts that date back to the Middle Ages when the Vikings roamed both sea and land. The second auction, which follows at 9:30 p.m. presents a huge variety of fine ancient jewelry from the Bronze Age to Post-Medieval. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Potent lots in the nightcap start with a rare Viking silver pendant that depicts the Norse god Odin gripping two ravens (above). It dates to circa 900-1100 and measures 30mm (1.2 inches) in diameter. The pendant has an integral loop and has been expertly cleaned and polished to reveal its original look. It also comes with a necklace cord and a lifetime guarantee of authenticity. This extremely rare piece carries a $10,000-$12,000 estimate.
All of the remaining items in the auctions have three-figure estimates.
Also featured in the latter auction is a Viking coiled snake bracelet (below), which represents the serpent Jörmungandr of Norse mythology. The bronze bracelet is a wearable artifact in great condition, estimated at $350-$500.
Venturing out of the realm of the Vikings, the auction also features a rare Knights Templar seal ring adorned with crosses. The Templars were a Christian military order active from about 1129 to 1312. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. This rare bronze ring dates to that period and is expected to sell for $400-$600.
Tuesday’s 7 p.m. auction features a hearty collection of Viking jewelry including a 10th-century warrior’s coil ring in size 10 ¼. The gilt bronze ring, a classic form, has a $400-$550 estimate.
Vikings were known to be expert navigators at sea. A gilt-bronze pendant, circa A.D. 900-1100, in a crescent moon form is a symbol of their skill. The terminals represent the sun and moon and the domed top, the universe, the navigator and his place in the system. The constellations signified mystery and power to Vikings. The example in the auction has been professionally refurbished with the gold surface restored. It has a $270-$360 estimate.
A later gilt-bronze pendant, 10th-11th century, was clearly influenced by Viking taste. Probably originating in Scandinavia, it is formed as a crescent suspended by a central projection, with five nubs along its back. It is loosely adapted from the Viking lunar pendants of a century earlier. The transition to Christianity came later in Scandinavia and the traditional religion carried on blended with Christian belief. This pendant, which would have been worn by a woman, is an amulet of that blended religion. It has a $330-$440 estimate.
In addition to jewelry, the auction also features several Viking forged arrowheads and a battle-ax.