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Ms.CrystalShip's loves576 of 5262 Coro Sterling blue bouquet broochArt Deco 1930s Red, White, Blue Enamel Rhinestone Brooch with Perfume Vial
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    Posted 2 years ago

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    I found this at an estate sale -- there must be a lot of elderly people where I live! I am hoping someone can tell me what to call this piece of jewelry so I can search the internet for more information. I noticed this "pin" because when I turned it over I saw springs on the back side. The clips come off so you can use them as sweater (?) shoe (?) clips and then put them back on the apparatus to make a pin once more. By the way, this is filthy. How should I clean it? (I know I should never get rhinestones wet, Broochman taught me that. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 2 years ago
    2. Parrotbeak Parrotbeak, 2 years ago
      That's a (double) dress clip, a short-lived alternative to the brooch from the 1920s to 1940s. Yours I'd guess to be 1920s.

      For more reading:
    3. MadamMisty MadamMisty, 2 years ago
      But what if I want to keep it Broochman, how would I clean it?
    4. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      Madam, I believe you have a Coro "duette" which was introduced in 1935.
      They were made in Coro's Canadian factory. How lucky to find one "in one piece", as most were separated and the connecting mechanism was lost or one of the clips. It's beautiful.
      There are many sites, like the one keramikos gave you, on how to clean rs jewelry. It's almost guaranteed the backs are foiled so be very careful. Also there are lots of sites on "Duettes".
      Trifari, as Broochman knows, has a style all their own called "clipmates".
      Good luck researching and congrats on a wonderful, very old find!!
      p.s. Is there a patent #? Since this piece is nearly 100 years old, it might be worn off....
    5. MadamMisty MadamMisty, 2 years ago
      Yes it does have a patent. I will research it
    6. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      You are one great reearcher!
      If I ever need help on a piece, I know where to go...
      In fact, my very first post, ( before I left and came back)
      was a forest green rhinestone clamper braclet with seed beeds wired all around it.
      Since then, I found a gold one, and there's a black set out there. No name, no idea who
      made these wonderful intricate pieces, would love to know. It was the reason I joined CW, to find out. Haven't yet, but I have found something better, many friends!
      You seem to have a knack at finding items on this vast internet..maybe point me in the right direction on my bracelets? It's a long shot...and thanks Madam Misty for letting me poach your post! Eileen
    7. plein-air-painter, 2 years ago
      Hi You all have the info about dress clips and duettes or clipmates as they are called. Looking at the old movies is an excellent source for seeing how they were worn separately at the shoulders or together at the base of a deep v-neck. Some history: The impetus for this design was copying the fine jewelers. I saw an exhibit about Van Cleef and Arpels at the Field Museum in Chicago, but I think this was remounted in New York in 2011. This company made jewelry that could be worn several different ways. A large necklace might made up of bracelets and a brooch that fit together for the necklace but could be worn separately. Some pieces even came with their own little screw driver to assist in changing the pieces. Clips that fit into a brooch was another design. Coro, Trifari, and others reinterpreted this idea into costume jewelry and thought up proprietary names for their versions. I love these designs.
    8. MadamMisty MadamMisty, 1 year ago
      Upon closer examination with a magnifying glass, Volia! It's marked "Coro Duette"
      Thank you everyone who pitched in and commented.

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