CORO STERLING Bird Feeding Babies Frame Pin Vermeil

For auction is a CORO STERLING frame pin showing a mother bird feeding her babies. The sterling silver is plated in gold (vermeil). The design reflects the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement as well as that of the great Scandinavian silversmiths of the first third of the 20th century like Georg Jensen.This pin is in amazingly excellent vintage condition, despite its 65 years of use; in fact, the only thing it needs is a gentle cleaning. The plating fresh and unworn. The pinback is straight and secure.

The pin was made in two parts. The top part was embossed or die-cut and then mated with a die-cut bottom plate, giving the effect of having been hollow-cast. It weighs 28g.

The design was patented in 1942 by Adolph Katz , the company's longtime supervisor of design, for Coro . I have included the drawing from that application on this page for your reference.

Sterling silver was very popular with Coro designers during World War II due to the rationing of strategic metal; silver was not needed for the War effort. Also. the Swarovski rhinestones that Coro imported before the war were now unavailable, except for what the manufacturers had stockpiled, which made it necessary to create designs that used few or no rhinestones.

I found two copies on the net, but neither was gold-plated. They are being sold
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