Im certain that this brooch is one of a kind and is very rare to find.
This fascinating antique brooch of unique ethnic character is exceptional handmade quality. It is easy for me to describe and date this brooch, but I cannot tell you what the Arabic or Islamic letters say. This brooch was most likely made in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iran and it is VERY OLD - 1890-1930.
The brooch is silver and sprayed with a gold finish. I do not believe it is 925 sterling silver but a grade of silver between 750 and 830. The medallion is composed of individual filigree petals arranged in a starburst or flower design and accented with dozens of small ball beads. The back has an old tube hinge and handmade C clasp which indicates that this piece is very old. This particular style of tube hinge dates this piece to sometime between 1890-1930.
Very large in size, the brooch is 2 3/4" or 70 mm wide and is slightly domed.
The entire brooch is in exceptional condition for age. There is no damage or imperfections like serious dings or bent metal. There is moderate loss to the gold finish and light signs of age. The bar on the tube hinge is thick and strong and has a slight bend in the center.
I have not polished this brooch with any jewelry cleaners.
Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new presentation jewelry box.