This little pin is 7/8 inches in diameter and is cut out like a wreath with a central shield. The central shield is engraved "Merit." The scrolling wreath work is lovely around the border of the pin. Pins such as this were often given as awards for memory work in church, parochial schools and Sunday Schools. The back of the pin has a safety C-clasp. The pin is unmarked but I purchased one with it that is marked sterling and is nearly identical.