This unusual vintage mixed metal brooch or pin is designed as a sword with a wrapped faux pearl. which hangs by a chain, Of course, it made me think Japan with the faux pearl, and the sword of a katana, although not sure what type of sword it represents. It has a lovely twisted bronze design top and cover, the bottom is a cover on a chain that pulls off the reveal the pin portion, the cross part of the sword is designed as a bow. The bronze colored part does not attract a magnet, and the sword silver colored part does- and it is cold and heavy so I believe it is steel, see below. In the middle is a large faux pearl wrapped in the gold colored metal. It is a mixed metal, and it is not marked and attracts a magnet so most likely a brass coated steel. It is very cold to touch. It could be used as a hat or lapel pin. I do not know anything about its background as far as origin and it is believed to date to the 1950's. It is not scratched that I can see, therefore the thought it is steel. The chain is tight and no pieces have any issues.
Sizing: Length: with cover extends from 2 1/2- 3" or 63.5- 76.2 mm
Faux pearl: about 8.5 mm
Info about using magnets: Magnets are made from magnetic materials. These are metals that can be magnetized or will be attracted to a magnet. Most materials are not magnetic, but iron, cobalt and nickel are magnetic. Steel is mostly iron, so steel is magnetic too.
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