Brooch: 3 1/8" x 2 3/8"; fur clip: 2 5/8" x 1 1/2"; earrings: 7/8" diameter
"Sterling Coro-Craft" with Pegasus on back of clip; "Coro Duette STERLING PAT. No. 1798857" on duette mechanism
Design patent D140,602 issued to Adolph Katz in 1945. Utility patent # 1,798,867 issued to Gaston Candas (for clip/brooch mechanism) in 1931 (application filed in 1930).
These two 1940s rose gold-plated sterling silver flowers edged in diamanté with ruby glass stone centers can be worn together as a brooch or as separate fur clips. This Coro Retro Modern Duette— their name for their double clip/brooch — has matching earrings. This versatile set showcases one of Adolph Katz’s brilliant designs from both an aesthetic and engineering point of view. For Duettes that were asymmetrical like this one, the clip/brooch frame had to be customized to work with the particular pair of clips. Truly gorgeous! You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro’s name. This design was advertised by Coro as Sparkling Peonies.
A single aquamarine glass stone-centered flower is surrounded by flowers and leaves applied to the ribbons of the bow that forms this sterling silver 1940s brooch by Hobé. An aquamarine glass stone is at the center of each bow-shaped earring. The detail on these pieces is a superb example of the maker's craftsmanship. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are clip-backs. The same floral motif is used in Hobé's Aquamarine & Sterling Flower Bracelet -- scroll down to see it.
Five large sterling silver flowers are linked by small flowers in this 1940s bracelet with matching earrings from Coro's high-end line. This set, which was designed in 1942 by MassaRaimond, is the same design as one of my Corocraft brooches -- scroll down to see it.
Layered, textured gold-tone petals form flowers with diamanté centers in this 1950s set by Pennino. The bracelet links are joined by textured gold-tone disks. The brooch has a roll-over clasp; the bracelet has a fold-over clasp. The maker's high-quality design and construction are evident here. Textured metal was a popular motif in 1950s jewelry.
Jade art glass; amethyst, sapphire and citrine glass stones; and faux pearls set in gold-plated metal with an overlay of filigree flowers and leaves form this 1950s brooch and earrings set by Hobé. Notice the striations in the jade stones and the delicate flower and leaves in gold wire. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are clip-backs. This set is a great example of Hobé's'50s Glam look.