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    Posted 8 months ago

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    Hello CW collectors. I'm posting this for MsCrystalship, continuing our recent discussion about Trifari and Coro duette brooches. Here are two Trifari Clipmates. Trifari's version of the duette brooch. Both examples have the distinctive Tifari clip bar mechanism. Unlike Coro who made a unique frame holder for each design. So if you have Coro turtle duette you have to have the right holder to make them a brooch. You can't use the angelfish frame on the turtles. Trifari in standardizing this part was able to simplify manufacture. The top example is unsigned except for the Pat No 2080504. That number is Trifari's mechanism pat number and along with the bar construction says this is a Trifari.

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 8 months ago
      I'm so pleased to be first love and love them I do!
      The pave' set " clipmate" :). is immaculate!
      Leave it to Trifari to simplify matters, so if you lost the clip bar off one brooch you could always use another, if you were lucky enough to have two, such as yourself!
      That in no way demeans Coro's clip bar, just seems like more work for the maker(?)
      The golden "Tulip" brooch is lovely...
      Trifari History at it's best...
      Thank you for sharing :)
      Love Love!
    2. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 8 months ago
      Opps, I guess one would have to have the same size brooch...
      I'm learning :)
    3. Newfld Newfld, 8 months ago
      Knockout designs on both the rhinestone & golden clipmates, these are beautiful and thank you so much for the great explanation about these dual brooches & their mechanism
    4. plein-air-painter, 8 months ago
      Eileen, You're awesome! Thanks for the love and the comment. Love chatting about jewelry with you as you are so knowledgeable, witty, and enthusiastic.
      Actually, I have another clipmate brooch that is the same size, but it is not in very good condition rhinestone wise, so I didn't post it. The spare in the drawer. Maybe I'll replace the rhinestones in that one some day. You can see how Trifari, while smaller than Coro sales wise, was really smart in how they made their jewelry and, IMO, it really contributed to their longevity. Not that Coro wasn't creative, successful and worthy of collecting. They were the largest manufacturer and really did some great jewelry, too. :)

    5. plein-air-painter, 8 months ago
      Hi Jenni, Thanks for the comment and love. Maureen
    6. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 8 months ago
      Thanks Maureen, now I know! :^D Both are beauties! :^)
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 8 months ago
      I don't know what I would do without all my friends here. My Daughter isn't interested, too busy raising 3 little boys. My poor Son, if I get him in the car, I start telling him about my latest piece. I can almost hear him groan, but he's polite and listens, ( while trapped). I have a cousin who loves the vintage, but that's about it. And I love talking jewelry, love it!!!
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
      These are so Gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing Maureen. Thank you for your research too.

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