This is a gorgeous sterling silver 3 bloom flower designed by marvelous Hector Aguilar for Coro in the 1940's. It is a graceful and elegant design of the three stems (no leaves) extending through a tie and in full bloom.
Jewelry marked "Made in Mexico; Coro; Silver" was designed by renown master silversmith Hector Aguilar. Coro, plus many major costume jewelry companies, made sterling silver jewelry during the WWII years due to a shortage of other metals. The contract with Aguilar lasted from 1943 - 1950. His studio created a variety of beautiful, handmade designs.
Measurements: It is a larger size: approximately 3.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide.
Condition: This pin is in excellent condition. According to the previous owner, it was stored in a tarnish resistant jewelry box, which gives it a luster that belies its 70 years of age! Please use the zoom feature to review all photographs carefully, as they are an important part of the description.
Marks: Signed on the back "SILVER MEXICO" around the outside of a circular cartouche with "CORO" written across the middle. There are some fakes out there, however, this authentic cartouche/signature is shown on page 52 of Hougart's "The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks" for Coro. Penny Morrill's "Silver Masters of Mexico" spends many pages discussing Aguilar's work with Coro. Many of the contractors Aguilar used for the Coro work went on to become famous in their own right.
With the price of sterling pieces from Hector Aguilar skyrocketing, his Coro designs are appreciating in value as well, but still are a bit of an insider's secret!