Small silver Viking pennanular brooch, with two Jellinge style raven head knotworked at the ends. This brooch has been hand forged hot, the same way as our iron. Each forged brooch is unique. This type of brooch has been in use since the Roman times and was popular in during the viking age, especially Ireland and Scotland. The Jellinge art style lends itself really nicely to blacksmithing (and silver smithing) with its long sinuous curves and knotwork. This Raven brooch is the first of its kind I have ever made.
This brooch is suitable for coarser woven and knitted fabrics, such as scarves, shawls and light weight cloaks. This type of brooch has also been used on a kilt. I use mine to fasten my scarves during winter, avoiding having to have bulky knots. The silver brooch fastened on the front ontop of the collar ads a lovely detail into your outerwear, where normally pendants and modern brooches remain hidden under the warm outdoor layers.
Item as imaged
Individually hand forged out of Sterling silver, 925
Assayed and hallmarked
Almost all silver work sold nowadays is cast to shape. The efficiency and speed at which jewellery can be cast, means that older methods of working silver, such as forging are rarer.
As far as we know, we are one of the only smiths creating hot forged silver jewelry. This method requires a lot of patience and attention. There is a narrow window at which silver can be hot forged. Strike it at the wrong temperature, it will literally crumble.
Most forged silver has been done cold, where the piece is heated up and then quickly cooled to anneal it. This works fine, but can be more time consuming and restrictive on extreme shapes as annealed silver is still much harder to shape.
We hope that this method becomes again as popular as we think it used to be. Meanwhile you are welcome to enjoy the results.