Coro Craft Sterling Duette Pin 'queen Bees' 1942 Book Piece Gold-plated & Enamel For Saleheight="28px" valign="middle" face="arial" style="text-decoration:none" is a stunningly beautiful 'Queen Bees' duette brooch / pin / dress clips, designed by Adolph Katz in 1942 and manufactured by Coro. The back is marked: "Coro Duette Sterling Pat. No. 1798867" and "Coro Craft Sterling". This duette is gold-plated silver, with very intricate enameling and clear rhinestones. This fantastic Coro Duette is featured in Brunialti's: "American Costume Jewelry: Art & Industry, 1935-1950" p.: 128. The condition of this wonderful brooch is very good, with some minor loss of enameling and just a few of the original clear rhinestones are dark due to age. The duette bracket holds the two clips together, but once taken apart, it is somewhat difficult to put it back together, because one little piece is broken off (please examine photos 5 through 7).History:
Emanuel Cohn and Gerard Rosenberg opened a small shop in New York selling jewelry and personal accessories, later becoming known as "Coro". The name Coro incorporates the first two letters of each partner's name. Mark, in the beginning: "CR". By the mid 1920's, the Coro company was the largest manufacturer of costume jewelry and had a work force of over 2,000. The company produced a broad range of designs and an immense volume of jewelry at all price levels. Some pins sold in five-and-dime stores for as low as 50 cents and some pins sold as high as $100 in speciality stores. Some of the rhinestone studded Coro jewelry can be compare with the very best produced by other costume jewelry companies. The well designed pieces of the 1930s-1950s including the duettes and figurals with a clear Lucite central stone known as "jelly belly", the enameled tremblers, the whimsical designs by Adolph Katz, and the Mexican sterling pieces are highly collectible. Marks: some signed "Corocraft", some signed " Francois" (this mark was used to market the higher end line of costume jewelry to the wealthier clients until World War II), most signed "Vendome" (a jewelry line starting in 1944 which was to be their highest line of costume jewelry), "Coro", used since 1919, some with year produced, " Coro Craft" since 1937 used for higher end pieces, "Corocraft" used after WWII, "Pegasus" used after WWII and "Coro Originals" to name a few of a long list of Coro markings. Coro ceased production in the U.S. in 1979. Coro Inc. in Canada is still in operation today.
This amazing pin would make a wonderful addition to a collection.Size: 2.75" x 1.25"Please view all of our photos as they are the main part of this listing!!! Be sure to add me to your favorites list!Sign up for my email newsletters by adding my store to your Favorites
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