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    Posted 2 years ago

    plein-air-…
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    This is an old Coro brooch with plastic calla lily petals, enamel and rhinestones. I believe it is from the late 1930s. It is in the Brunialti book, American Costume Jewelry : Art & Industry, 1935-1950, vol. 1. Found at my favorite little antiques mall :) This piece measures 3 and 1/4" by 2 and 1/4".

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Beautiful and in great condition for age, wonderful find!
    2. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      Same place you found that invisibly set emerald & ice Trifari?
      It would be my favorite too :)
      You say "plastic", but being from that era could it be celluloid, or perhaps even bakelite?
      No matter, a fabulous piece Maureen!
      And Jenni's so right, being 80+ years old, it is in amazing condition!
      Kudos all around, my dear!!
    3. plein-air-painter plein-air-painter, 2 years ago
      I just assumed it was a plastic. But of course it could be celluloid. Bakelite didn't occur to me either. I have requested the Brunialti book from the library to see how it is described there.
      And yes, Eileen, it is where I found the Trifari.

      Thanks for the likes
      Eileen,
      Jenni
      hunterglee
      aura
      Adele C
      freiheit
      fortapache
      Manikin

      Best,
      Maureen
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Very nice, I'm guessing Celluloid or Lucite. Love it!
    5. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      Very nice Coro Brooch plein-air-painter(Maureen), have you tried using Sharpie Colored Pens for touch-ups on enamel finish like this Brooch is? I've found that they work great, and color match can be very close, using the "Color Burst" pack of Pens, or even blended a little to match better. :^D Thank you for showing this beauty! :^)
    6. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      Here's a link to a Brooch that I added the color back to it, using the Sharpie Pens:

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/249683-improved-brass-flowers-and-leaves-brooch

      Try it, you might like it! :^)
    7. plein-air-painter plein-air-painter, 2 years ago
      Hi billretirecoll, Thank you. I don't try to touch up the enamel. Just my taste. I like the fact that the piece shows some age. It is old, after all.

      Eileen, I looked in the Brunialti book (finally got it from the library) and the description gives no information about what type of plastic it is, so I have no information to add on that topic.
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      It's probably Celluloid or Lucite as I mentioned before.
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Lucite was made by the DuPont company in the 1930's. It's another old wonderful plastic like bakelite and celluloid, fairly strong and used in jewelry from early days and most popular in 60's, 70's, 80's.

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