Sterling silver clad in 18K gold with a single faux pearl. Measures 1 7/8" x 3 1/2".
The card enclosed with the brooch reads:
"The Mace of the U.S. House of Representatives is one of the oldest and most important symbols of our nation's government. On its first resolutions, the U.S. House of Representatives of the 1st Federal Congress (April 14, 1789) established the Office of the Sergeant at Arms. THe first Speaker of the House, Frederick Muhlenburg of Pennsylvania, approved the Mace as the proper symbol of the Sergeant at Arms in carrying out the duties of this office. The design of the Mace is derived from an ancient battle weapon and the Roman fasces. The ceremonial Mace is 46 inches high and consists of 13 ebony rods-representing the original 13 states of the Union-bound together by silver bands. Atop this shaft is a globe on which sits an intricately cast eagle."