Apparently, a few years ago, there was a bit of media about Viking Age 'braids of hair wrapped in wood, leather... metal and Viking Age jewellery
It turns out, that they're actually 11th-13th century, so early medieval really. The Hull and East Riding Museum says they're "part of Finno Ugrian Culture. Grave goods excavated from a tumulus at Efaefsk (Efaevo), Russia, 1900." And there are fairly interesting photographs online, too.
If you go to their online collection catalogue
, search for...
KINCM:2008.6067.75 (leather covered, not wood)
KINCM:2008.6067.76 (no cover, just hair and rings)
KINCM:2008.6067.78 (hair covered in leather, vegetable [f]ibre and textile)
KINCM:2008.6067.80 (a "beard tress"!)
KINCM:2008.6067.81 (just hair and rings)
This should cheer cathyr19355
up: KINCM:2008.6067.42, KINCM:2008.6067.55, KINCM:2008.6067.56 and KINCM:2008.6067.58, are "omega brooches." They also have some of the pins with the spiral top that pop up on ebay as so-called Viking hair sticks, too. But haven't seen the style that has perforations and beads threaded through them, though.
According to the museum, in 1905 the British Museum purchased part of the collection, which you can search for
using the term 'Efaevo.' No photographs, but more detailed written descriptions.