I'm not sure whether it's silver or not, but the lady behind the counter started rubbing it and it began to gleam - it was marked at £3, but I gave them £5 as it was for a good cause, and I thought it was worth the extra pennies.
The bird is hand painted onto a piece of silk, and then stretched into a silver (or silver plated) frame and threaded onto the chain. I've got absolutely no idea how old it is, but a quick search on google revealed nothing - I'd imagine it would be quite old, but the mystery is part of the attraction. What I really love about buying vintage and old items is wondering who made it and when, who it belonged to, and how it ended up in the shop where I bought it. More than anything, I'm curious to know who 'AM' is!
When I came to put it away with the rest of my treasures, I decided that I wanted some of my oldest things on show, and suddenly came up with the perfect place to keep them.
I bought the old hand-painted candlestick from a charity shop a while ago, and until now it has just sort of sat around on top of the shelves in our bedroom, not doing very much. I'm happy to report it's now earning it's keep, looking after my Grandmothers brooches and my newest charity shop find.