Vintage early 1940s molded plastic figural brooch features a long-tailed cockatoo or bird of paradise sitting on a flowering branch and is set with multi-color (plastic) rhinestones. The two colors of the molded plastic (red and clear) have been cold-enamelled with black and yellow on the bird's body, and green and blue on the branch.
The style and size of the bird in this brooch strongly resemble that of Coro's famous "Calopsitta" Duette, which Gene Verecchio had patented in 1941. In fact, I believe the brooch to be a deliberate imitation of Coro's popular design, which was executed in enamelled metal with glass rhinestones; no doubt this plastic version was less expensive, an excellent selling point at the time!
Despite the fact that it measures 3 ½" tall, the brooch is extremely lightweight, making it an ideal adornment for warm-weather fabrics. Its long pinstem closes quite securely with a plastic C-clasp. Excellent condition, with a touch of wear to the black enamel.
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Item ID: cons170
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