Diamanté Winged Coro Duette
Brooch: 2 3/8" x 3/4"; dress clip: 1 3/8" x 3/4"
"PAT 1852188" on dress clips; "MADE IN CANADA" and "BRITISH PAT 410696" on frame
Utility patents: # 1,852,188 issued to Elisha A. Phinney in 1932 ; # 410,696 issued in UK to Cohn & Rosenberger (assignees of Oscar Placco) in 1934
This Coro Duette can be worn as separate dress clips or a brooch. Embellished with round diamantés and baguettes, this piece looks like a pair of wings. The rhodium-plated brooch mechanism closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This jewel was made in Canada, where Coro had manufacturing operations and sales rooms from 1934 until about 1970. I’m surprised that the maker’s name is absent, but I am confident that this double-clip brooch is by Coro. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below the company’s name. Scroll down to see several coordinating bracelets.
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