Coro's immensely popular Duettes offered the option to clip or to pin. A pair of dress or fur clips could be assembled into a framework that functioned as a brooch. It's line proved so successful that top competitor Trifari, introduced it's own Clip Mates version. The Calopsitta (cockatiel / cockatoo) Duette design was patented (#126490) in Providence, RI by Gene Verrecchio for Coro in 1941. It featured two contented birds, back to back, perched proudly upon a flowering branch. Our pair here is primarily in blue enamel gradations. Branches and flowers are in green, pink, yellow, white and orange -- beaks and claws in black -- eyes in red. Clear chaton rhinestones accent heads and flowers. Cast in period pot metal, traces of rhodium finish are evident -- primarily on framework and clip mechanisms.
Assembled, the piece measures about 3 1/2 inches x 2 inches with a 1/2 inch profile. Larger chaton rhinestones are approximately 2 millimeters. Weight of the Duette is about 50 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All enamel intact save for one tiny chip (1 millimeter x 1 millimeter) in one of the bird's combs. Colors remain vibrant and true. All rhinestones intact, remaining amazingly brilliant, especially considering age. Base metal work, framework, clip and pin mechanisms free from damage. All function as created. Extremely clean. Except as noted, no damage / no repairs.
Framework is signed in familiar script: "Coro Duette". It also includes: "PAT No. 1798867". One of the birds is also stamped: "PAT. No. 116490". The Calopsitta Duette is featured in many reference and research books including the Brunialtis' "American Costume Jewelry". It dates to 1941.
Whether you pin or clip let Coro's Duette do it beautifully. Calopsitta at Cody's.
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