RARE CORO CRAFT sterling silver Dancing Donkey
1 3/4"x1 7/8" with Red and clear rhinestones.
Gold plated on sterling silver
Advertised July 1945 in 'Glamour' as 'Dancing Donkey'. Patent is reproduced below (scroll down); designer Adolph Katz, dated 1945. Non-use of sterling dates this to production in 1947. Advertised in the Boston Globe, 30 Nov 1947
Coro Craft was more elevated than Coro in terms of quality and value. It introduced the collection of chatelaines, Jelly Belly brooches made of Lucite bellies, as well as sterling silver bracelets plated in gold. The jewelry line also used rhinestones, which were called Diadem Jewels, giving its collection a luxurious appeal.
Needs a cleaning, the black marks are oxidized sterling silver that is showing from under the gold plate.