In the mid 1940s Coro introduced it's sterling silver Norseland -- inspired by Scandinavian / Danish design. Themes involved botanicals, animals and in the example offered, birds. The oval shaped brooch depicts a cardinal perched upon a branch surrounded by lush foliage. Coro's quality casting during this time is evidenced by the wonderful detail and dimension, enhanced by the sterling silver's superb patina. If you inspect the brooch closely, you'll notice that it is actually constructed in two pieces -- the top or face joined to a bottom back plate cover -- a process that allows generous substance and weight.
The brooch measures approximately 2 3/8 inches x 1 7/8 inches with a 3/16 inch profile. Weight of the brooch is about 28 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. Sterling silver face retains all shape and dimension. No dents, crinkle, collapse or improper bends. Reverse pin mechanism strong and secure with functional locking wheel. The brooch does have a time acquired patina. No polishing or abrasive cleaning has been done. The brooch will not appear bright and shiny, but rather warm and mellow. Most buyers prefer patina left intact, so polishing is left to their discretion. If you prefer you vintage sterling jewelry looking bright as new you may want to consider your options. If vintage personality is more your thing -- you've arrived at the right site.
The brooch is signed on the reverse in familiar script: "Coro" and "STERLING". Although we know it is from it's Norseland line, the brooch is simply signed with the company's name and metal content. We're not sure if this was simply an oversight or if this brooch was done before the "Norseland" stamp was used. Could it have been a prototype or was this just another stamp Coro used for it's Scandinavian inspired line? Help solve the mystery...
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