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From Heisker, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

Postcard of Pin.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze pin was found at Heisker on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. It is an Irish type of pin, but worn by Scandinavian men and women as well. The pin dates from between 875 and 1100.

The ringed pin has a polygonal head decorated in a bramble pattern, reminiscent of decoration on some penannular brooches found in Scotland.

Ringed pins are a type of dress pin, often with decoration on the heads. They are an Irish type of pin which was adopted by Vikings, especially those living in western Europe. Examples occur in bronze and silver.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-434-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FC 138
Date: 875 - 1100 AD
Between 875 and 1100
Material: Swivel head; ornamented
Dimensions: 3.50" L
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, North Uist, Heisker
Description: Ringed pin with polygonal brambled head, from Heisker, North Uist, 875 - 1100 AD
  • Grieg, Sigurd. Viking Antiquities in Scotland (=Viking Antiquities in Great Britain and Ireland, Part II, ed. by Haakon Shetelig). Oslo: H. Aschehoug & Co., 1940, pp 198-9. 
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