A COMPANY that specialises in creating historically accurate replicas of Viking and Anglo-Saxon jewellery, armour and weaponry is opening its first shop in York.

Jim and Cat Glazzard are the founders of online retailer Asgard which sells the Scottish-made products to consumers and TV production companies around the world.

Their pewter replicas are particularly popular with the re-enactment community and used on series such as the History Channel’s Vikings, where durability is as important as accuracy.

And with York being the Viking capital of the North, it is fitting that the couple have chosen the city for their first venture into bricks-and-mortar retailing with their shop set to open on Little Stonegate on July 26.

Mr Glazzard said: “York is where I developed my love for archaeology, earning a degree from the University of York, and first exploring re-enactment, before joining Jorvik Viking Centre in 1999 as a costumed interpreter.

"Here is where I started to look closely at the Viking-age artefacts, and I started to teach myself how to recreate designs of items that had been found here – combs, cloakpins and the like.

“As my skills improved, I developed a reputation for creating high-quality replicas, suitable for use in museum displays – indeed, you can handle examples, including a Viking padlock, at Jorvik today.”

A move up to Scotland in 2004 enabled the business to grow with larger premises for manufacture, and they now employ seven craftspeople in their workshop in Dunoon.

The couple are regularly seen at national trade fairs and historical events, and Jim often takes part in the Jorvik Viking Festival.

The couple say they are planning a few surprises for the launch event next Friday.

Mr Glazzard said: “It almost goes without saying that there will be Vikings, but watch this space for the arrival of something very special onto Little Stonegate."

Mrs Glazzard said: “Whilst we’ll be sourcing a few complimentary products such as fabric items that we don’t manufacture, we want to create a shopping experience – talking to people about how items are created, advising re-enactment enthusiasts on how to add to their existing collections.