An American vendor of reasonably priced reproductions of cast bronze pieces who trades as Raymond's Quiet Press (no relation of mine; Raymond is the proprietor's first name) now sells reproduction Omega brooches. He claims that the one he's reproduced is made from an actual antiquity loaned to him by a customer, and says this about it on his website:
The middle one shown here is from a customer who lent us his medieval original from Russia (Lake Logoda [sic] region, 90 miles east of St. Petersburgh). These brooches were used on the Women's Apron Dresses. The shell and bead are original.
I have no basis on which to question his claim (or his unnamed customer's) that the old brooch that appears in the picture shown about two-thirds of the way down on this page is a genuine Russian Viking age find. My only question is this: Is there any basis for the claim that such brooches were, in fact, used on apron dresses? The Quiet Press blurb is the only place where I've heard this claim, and it does not seem plausible to me, given what I know of apron dress construction. Moreover, the only "apron dress" find I've seen documented in Russia is the Pskov find, which was associated with classic tortoise brooches, not Omega brooches.
Does anyone have any thoughts or insight on this subject?