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Gold & Diamanté ‘Merry Whirl’ 1940s Duette & ‘Gay Swirl’ Earrings by Coro

Gold & Diamanté ‘Merry Whirl’ 1940s Duette & ‘Gay Swirl’ Earrings by Coro

USD$165.00

Additional information

Maker

Coro

Size

Brooch: 2 3/8" x 1 1/8"; clip: 1 1/4" x 1 1/8"; earring: 3/4" x 5/8"

Condition

Excellent (minor wear on backs of clips)

Date

c.1948 (based on magazine ad and non-use of sterling, per Brunialti)

Marks

"Coro Duette" (in script) and "PAT 1798867" on frame; "Coro" (in script) on earrings

Reference

April 1948 ad in LIFE magazine

This double-clip brooch and earrings were sold to me as a set, but my research uncovered a different story. The diamanté-embellished gold-tone Coro Duette is named Merry Whirl, while the gold-tone and diamanté earrings are 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 fur clips. The earrings are screw-backs. Both pieces 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.

In stock

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