This is a very rare piece by Norwegian silversmith Henrik Moller, done in the Dragestil style of the Scandinavian Arts & Crafts movement.  The Dragestil movement was a resurgence of Viking and Medieval motifs and styles, originating in Norway in the late 1800's.  On the reverse of this brooch it is engraved "COPY OF BROOCH FROM 5TH CENTURY A.D."  I haven't been able to locate the original brooch this was copied from but it certainly fits with the early Medieval decorative style from this region--and it was nice of Henrik to give credit!  Featuring tentacles from a sea creature?  A serpent perhaps?  This undulating and textured brooch was made in 850 silver has a gold-washed center that is still intact and very lovely patina.  It's not large but it is dense with a nice weight and fine quality workmanship!

Stamped "COPY OF A BROOCH FROM 5TH CENTURY A.D.” and ‘VM”.  Signed “H. MOLLER 850 TRONDHJEM".  Tested for metal content.

Measures 2 1/4 x 1 1/8".

Weighs 17.4 grams.

In excellent antique condition!

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