Advertised in leading magazines of the day, Coro's "Merry Whirl" rhinestone duette, circa 1948, patented by Adolph Katz, can be seen in an ad on page 37 of "Collecting Costume Jewelry 101" by Julia C. Carroll. Immensely popular, Coro's duettes can be worn as brooches or separated into dress or fur clips. Competition was fierce, particularly with Trifari's Clip-Mates. Coro's wide variety of duettes remained favorites through the 1950s and have enjoyed top billing in the field of collectible vintage costume jewelry.
The duette offered, christened "Merry Whirl", features gold tone swirls generously accented with clear chaton rhinestones. The assembled brooch measures about 2 1/2 inches x 1 1/8 inches at it's widest point with a 1/2 inch profile. Each clip is approximately 1 1/4 inches x 1 1/8 inches. Weight of the duette is about 26 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All gold tone finishes intact, front and back. All rhinestones intact and uniformly clear and brilliant. (The stones are much more "white" and brilliant than the photos illustrate.) Pin back and clip mechanisms strong and secure. No dents or improper bends. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs.
Reverse of the duette frame is signed: "Coro Duette" in script. It is also stamped "PAT No 1798867".
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