Vintage Coro Jelly Belly Duette Brooch Sterling Angel Fish Fur Clips Gold Washed. Coro Lucite Jelly Belly Duette vintage angel fish vermeil gold gilt sterling silver, 1940`s ca, USA.
Uniquely the Lucite bellies are embedded with rhinestones. They are decorated with more rhinestones. The fish eyes are red rhinestones, while the open mouths are blue navette rhinestones.The individual clips are marked Coro in script on the upper fin, sterling on the clip mechanisms, and sterling on the lower fins. The duette frame is marked sterling, Coro Duette, and utility Pat.
They are featured on page 54 of `Costume Jewelry 202` by Julia C. Carroll, page 20 of `Fun Jewelry` and page 186 Judith Miller (2003). Included is a photo of the 1944 patent issued to Coro designer Adolph Katz and a 1949 advertisement with the Jelly Belly Fish pin.
During the war, many metals were restricted but surprisingly not silver. Trifari was forced to use silver which increased the cost of their pieces.
Vermeil is sterling silver coated with gold. To be considered vermeil, the gold must be at least 10 carat (42%) and be at least 2.5 micrometres thick.
Vermeil was used in the 1940`s when resources were limited and this is part of it`s appeal to collectors. Adolph Katz was Design Director at Coro in 1924. He developed Duettes based on a 1927 designed by Cartier.
Like the Cartier frame, the Coro version had two openings in it, one for each pin. Pins could be attached to the frame to be worn as a set, or detached and worn individually.Gorgeous Vintage Coro Jelly Belly Fur Clip Duette. Condition is in very good to excellent vintage condition for being approximately 76 years old. On this piece or any of the pieces I sell. I check my vintage jewelry monthly with a loop. I will include a copy of the patent. The item "Vintage Coro 1944 Jelly Belly Duette Brooch Sterling Angel Fur Clips" is in sale since Friday, August 14, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Costume\Designer, Signed\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "carolr2057" and is located in Placentia, California. This item can be shipped to United States.