Bk Pce CORO-CRAFT STERLING "Hoots" Duette Gold Enamel

For auction is a gold-plated (vermeil) CORO-CRAFT STERLING duette in the form of a pair of owls roosting on bits of boughs. Each owl is formed from sterling silver vermeil. The beaks, feet, feathers, and boughs are enameled blue, yellow, and brown. Each owl has two huge aquamarine rhinestone eyes. In addition, the top of its head and the shoulders of its wings are paved with small white rounds. This pin is new to the market, having been bought new by my late mother and worn very seldom by her, and is in superb condition, the gold plating is bright and shiny with no apprciable signs of wear. The rhinestone are all present and retain their brilliance and beauty. The pin back and fur pin clips are all tight and secure.

Each owl can be separated from the pin frame and be worn as fur pin clips. DUETTES , or detachable brooches, are probably the definitive CORO jewel. Two, and sometimes three clips could be removed from a frame and worn separately, or reattached to the frame, form one unified design, to be worn as a pin or brooch.

This design was marketed under the name " HOOTS " as can be seen in the magazine ad published in Vogue in August, 1944. I have included a scan of the ad on this page for your reference.

Adolph Katz patented the design for Coro in 1944. I have included the drawing from the patent application
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