Viking Arm Ring Re-Imagined


Here’s another artisan taking inspiration from archaeology: Ted Bouck made the above arm ring out of brass sheet, punch-decorated and silver-plated it. Ted comments, “I left the perimeter wave from stamping because I liked the organic look. The diamond with dot inside is a period stamp, though not from the York armring. I did not want to make my armring an exact duplicate.” He is currently working with new versions of the Small Punched type of domed oblong brooch that was common in south-east Sweden in the early 8th century.


Below is the original: a gold arm ring from the Vale of York hoard, dated tpq AD 927, now in the British Museum.



  1. #1 Deborah
    February 21, 2011

    We wants it! We wants it!

  2. #2 Laassi Hippeläinen
    February 21, 2011

    The Finnish company Kalevala-koru has been selling replicas of archeological jewelry for years. They also have new designs in the same spirit. For example bracelets:

    They also make full sets of jewelry for Viking age dresses:
    (Sorry – didn’t find it in English)

  3. #3 Martin R
    February 21, 2011

    I recently learned that Kalevala-koru has been in business since some time before WW2, which means that there are now archaeologists excavating sites about the age of the first Kalevala-koru replicas, haha! And I’ve also seen Oscarian/Victorian replicas of Swedish Viking Period jewellery…

  4. #4 Dave Huggins
    February 21, 2011

    Hi Martin, here is a link to another good friend Roland Williamson’s album who produces excellent recreated artifacts that your self and your blog followers may enjoy

  5. #5 Martin R
    February 22, 2011

    Wow, that guy works in an amazingly wide range of techniques and materials!

  6. #6 Peer Carstens
    April 27, 2012


    I have an information-blog with historical themes, now I wanted to ask if I could use the picture of the vale of york hoard bangle for a blog-text about viking jewelry?

    Best wishes,


  7. #7 Martin R
    April 27, 2012

    Sorry, the photo isn’t mine.

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