"Coro Craft" in script with Pegasus and "Sterling"
Design patent D140,941 issued to Adolph Katz in 1945
Three deep citrine-colored prong-set glass-stone calla lilies are tied in a matching accented bow in this 1940s Retro Modern brooch. The setting has a rose-gold wash over sterling silver, with a roll-over safety catch. Until I saw the drawing on the design patent (see the last photo), I thought the brooch should be worn the other way around, so the flowers look as though they’re reaching for the sky! I’ve positioned this piece in that direction in the third photo. This lovely Adolph Katz design for Coro’s high-end line, Corocraft, was also made in multi-colored stones – scroll down to see it.
This 1940s brooch features amethyst, ruby and peridot glass stone calla lilies tied in a bow and accented with fuchsia and blue glass stones and diamanté. The setting of this Retro Modern piece has a rose-gold wash over sterling silver, with a roll-over safety clasp. Although the drawing in the design patent shows this brooch with the flowers facing down, I prefer them facing up because they look as though they're reaching for the sky! You can see this brooch in this orientation in the third photo. This gorgeous Adolph Katz design from Corocraft, Coro's high-end line, was also made with all citrine glass stone – scroll down to see that version.
Multiple layers of jade green glass beads, faux pearls and diamanté cascade in this stunning dangling 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie. The setting is rhodium-plated metal with a roll-over safety clasp. Wear this statement piece on a lapel, sash, or purse, or as a pendant. The last photo shows the brooch as the centerpiece on a white gold and diamond chain. (This necklace is not included.) This large brooch is not for the faint-hearted!
This petite sterling silver flower and leaf 1940s brooch by Hobé has the same level of detail and quality workmanship as its larger sisters. The intricate buds on either side of the central flower are particularly lovely. This three-dimensional piece has a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see bracelets by Hobé that also have a floral motif.
Turquoise glass beads decorate the flower layer on this 1950s pave-embellished openwork gold-tone furled leaf by Hattie Carnegie. The detail is superb, as one would expect from this maker. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
In my opinion, Hobé made the best sterling silver flowers in the 1930s-1940s, and the large flower at the center of this 1940s brooch illustrates his extraordinary talent. The center is embellished with surrounding sterling buds. Pieces by this maker were all hand-made at this time. This one has an unusual design. Scroll down to see a selection of his sterling silver bracelets.