Gold & Diamanté ‘Merry Whirl’ Duette & ‘Gay Swirl’ Earrings
Brooch: 2 3/8" x 1 1/8"; clip: 1 1/4" x 1 1/8"; earring: 3/4" x 5/8"
Excellent (minor wear on backs of clips)
c.1948 (based on magazine ad and non-use of sterling, per Brunialti)
"Coro Duette" (in script) and "PAT 1798867" on frame; "Coro" (in script) on earrings
April 1948 ad in LIFE magazine
This ‘Merry Whirl’ Duette was sold to me as a set with these earrings. Although all pieces are gold-tone with diamanté and made by the same company, my research uncovered a different story. The screw-back earrings are, in fact, from their ‘Gay Swirl’ design. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t hesitate to wear these pieces together. The Duette, Coro’s double clip brooch, can be worn as a brooch (in the positions shown) or as separate dress clips. These jewels were advertised in the April 1948 issue of Life magazine, which is how I found out the design names. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro’s name.