Vintage CoroCraft Owl ‘Hoots’ Duette Brooch in Sterling Silver 1940s
A rare opportunity to acquire the iconic and truly wonderful 1940s signed Corocraft Duette aptly named 'Hoots' and in exceptional condition. What a terrifically fun piece! This particular one is also set in solid silver with a heavy gold vermeil. CoroCraft Duettes were made in gold plated sterling silver during the war years and so today are highly sought after due to the quality of these materials and craftsmanship. The Owls faceted foil-backed amber crystal eyes are complimented by the finely set rhinestones and colourful yet delicate enamel that adorns these weighty solid sterling silver owls. The Duette frame and clips are in perfect and original working order, allowing the wearer the choice of either the owl duo brooch (duette) or one of both of the individual owl clips. Miniature feats of engineering when you consider the intricate construction of the duette mechanism. These Corocraft Duettes are featured in many top end costume jewellery books and when in pristine vintage condition, like this one, are rare and sought after. This particular sterling silver vermeil double clip measures approx. 6cm by 4cm and a single owl measures approx. 4.5cm by 2cm. The Duette is extensively signed with the CoroCraft Sterling Pegasus mark No.8 dating the item to between 1942 and 1945. The Owls, the frames and the clips are all in excellent vintage condition. 'Hoots' is of course also featured in Brunialti's American Costume Jewellery Book, amongst others. A truly iconic, fun and very high quality piece of costume jewellery. Adorable.