Signed Miriam Haskell beaded brooch features two layers of beaded 'petals' accented by the beaded yellow center. They are mounted on the characteristic metal filigree back and signed MIRIAM HASKELL on a signature plaque that was known as a horseshoe. This is the earliest signature plaque used by Haskell; it first came into use in 1948. It was used inconsistently on Haskell jewelry due to technical problems with it--cumbersome to apply, difficult to solder, and the plaques would often bend while being applied. The signature plaque on this is in fine shape however; the brooch is in excellent condition with the exception of very slight wear to the filigree background. The flower is completely beaded; Haskell was famous for their use of beads which came from France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Germany, and "other exotic locales" according to Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff in their book entitled "Miriam Haskell Jewelry." A real find for early Haskell collectors this measures just over 2 1/2 inches in diameter.