This is an unusual silver - marked 925 brooch measuring almost 3-1/2" x 1-3/4" in an openwork foliate style. In the center is a figural woman in peasant ? costume with shawl. This has the older c-clasp and is marked 925 along with what looks like "Siam", although I was told it was Russian origin. Quite a heavy piece.
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