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Adolph Katz Coro Jelly Belly Sterling Angelfish Duette, 1944 Patent, Good Cond'n For Sale
Duette2.5" x 2.5". I find that if I don't report that the clasps and clips work, someone writes to ask if they do. Yes. They work. The gold plating is in excellent condition on the clips, but nearly extinct on the duette frame, which is down to bare sterling. The aqua fish lips and red eyes are present as are what appear to be the original rhinestones. A purist will leave them while some of you will want to replace perhaps 8 of these tiny stones which have darkened. One fish -- pictured in the last photo -- has a bent gold rim around its lips and also some schmutz going on at the top of its lucite body. It feels as if one could get rid of this stuff with a doll-sized razor blade, but it's also possible that the little specks are internal to the lucite. They're pretty hard to see in most photos and when looking at the brooch.Overall, a beauty and one of the great duettes. Marked on the frame: Coro Duette, Sterling, and Pat No. 1798867. Each angelfish is marked Sterling on the fish and on the clip and marked Coro on the fish. CareStore wrapped in acid-free tissue in a non-oak container. Keep dry, especially rhinestones. Never throw a vintage piece in a drawer or onto a table top. That's how scratches and chips appear. These lovely pieces from the 40s and 50s are American treasures, and there won't be any more of them.Packing and Shipping NoteWill be wrapped in acid-free tissue, boxed, and shipped in a padded envelope. Regrettably, shipping rates have gone up, particularly international ones. Please do not pay for the first item if there is a possibility of your winning a second within a week. Or, if you can't resist, please tell me not to send it. Thanks!