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RESEARCHING COSTUME JEWELRY MARKS – CORO*
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Coro Jewelry History and Marks
CORO/COHN AND ROSENBERGER c. 1900-1979
Coro jewelry, Cohn & Rosenberger, was founded in New York by Emanuel Cohn and Carl Rosenberger in 1901/1902 and incorporated in 1913. A factory was established in Providence, Rhode Island in 1911. With offices or plants in New York and Providence, at times they had a presence in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Toronto, England and Mexico as well. Great Britain mechanical patents have been found in the name of Corocraft from 1961 until 1969, which documents actual production in England (courtesy Mary Walden-Till).
Cohn died in 1910, but the name remained Cohn & Rosenberger. The corporate name “Coro” was adopted in 1943. Rosenberger died in 1957, and his son Gerald, who succeeded him, died in 1967.
In 1969, the family sold 51 percent of the Coro stock to Richton, Intl. Corp., who bought the remaining stock in 1970. Richton also owned the Oscar de la Renta brand. By 1979 all the Coro companies, except the Canadian company, were bankrupt. It was sold to a South American company in 1992 and also went bankrupt.
Gene Verri, who died in 2012, was the head designer and personally responsible for many, many of Coro’s famous designs. Adolph Katz signed many of the patents only as a representative of the company, but he was not the designer of those pieces. Information confirmed by Ron Verri, Gene’s son, in September, 2005.
Designers for Coro according to Brunialti:
Gene Verrecchia [Verri] –1933 to the end of the 1963 (He and his son Ron founded Gem-Craft, which is still in business as of 2019).
Charles E. Pauzat–1939-1940’s
Oscar Frank Placco –1934-1945?
Marion Weeber –1940-1941
Victor di Mezza–1950
**According to Jim Katz, the first instance of Coro necklaces using a J hook is July 15, 1948 as noted in patent record research.
Coro manufactured most of their own jewelry. However, when needed, they would have other companies make some of their jewelry. Hedison manufactured some jewelry for Coro. Catamore manufactured all Coro’s “precious metal” jewelry, until about 1970 when Coro started making their own.
Mark: C and R Courtesy Dianne Lavenburg (from 1922 TradeMarks of the Jewelry and Kindred Trades — Jewelers’ Circular)
Mark: flying horse-Pegasus- mark used alone-no name 1939
Mark: 47 West 1965 Courtesy Plenty O’ Jewels.
Mark: A Coro Original — script 1947
Mark: A MASTERPIECE OF FASHION JEWELRY 1943
Mark: Ajusta 1948
Mark: Alice-In-Wonderland Dec. 1933
Mark: Almanac of Life 1954
Mark: Americana 1936
Mark: Ancestral 1930
Mark: Andre’ 1937
Mark: Andre’ hair fashions 1937
Mark: ANDREE RUPERT JEWELRY (on fancy barbell) 1937
Mark: Arista 1954
Mark: Aristocrat 1950
Mark: As you Like It 1939
Mark: Atomic 1945
Mark: Black Beauty 1946
Mark: Blithe Blossum 1956
Mark: Blue Danube 1929
Mark: Calypso 1957
Mark: Carraca 1940
Mark: Cellini(script) 1942 Courtesy RCJ from US Trademark site
Mark: Charmers 1959
Mark: Chatter Pins 1948
Mark: Cherubin 1956
Mark: Chruchill Downs 1960
Mark: Cleopatra 1959
Mark: Clip-Ease 1941
Mark: Clouddrift `950
Mark: Cocktail Set 1947
Mark: Collegiate 1940
Mark: Color a la Carte 1959
Mark: Colorama 1954
Mark: Colossus of Rhodes, Greese, Coro Courtesy Penny Whitlow
Mark: Constellation 1946
Mark: Contessa 1952
Mark: Coquette 1948
Mark: Corel 1971 Courtesy RCJ
Mark: Coro hangtag Courtesy Linda Heberling
Mark: Coro(script at angle) 1919
Mark: Pegasus figure 1939
Mark: Pegasus figure beside empty rectangle 1945
Mark: Coro with “R” inside a square Courtesy Terri Carl
Mark: Coro-script-no angle-different font 1919 Photo courtesy Di Kemp.
Mark: Coro, Des. Pat. Pend. Courtesy RCJ
Mark: Foil tag Courtesy Lyn Peightal
Mark: Coro (scrip at angle in rectangle with Pegasus beside) 1945 Photo courtesy .
Mark: After 1955 , Courtesy Mike Friedrich
Mark: Coro – heavier Script at angle — 1940
Mark: CORO, Inc.–photo by Cindy Amirkhan
Mark: April Daisy, White Sapphire, Coro – pre-1955 Courtesy JC Burr
Mark: CORO-CLAD 1965
Mark: Coro CRAFT (Coro- script, CRAFT- printed; in rectangle Courtesy Gayla Esch
Mark: Coro CRAFT (Coro- script, CRAFT- printed; in rectangle, Pegasus beside) 1938
Mark: Corocraft(script at angle in rectangle with Pegasus beside) 1933–1979; [sterling prior to 1950]
Mark: Coro Craft-both in script-tall script 1935
Mark: Corocraft (in script), Pat. Pend; c. 1954 Courtesy Diane Hanselman
Mark: Corocraft (in script), Des. Pat. Pend. Courtesy Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
Mark: Corocraft in script Courtesy Evelyn Phillips Courtesy Erik Yang
Mark: CoroCraft Sterling with flying Pegasus Courtesy Beth Rowlands. Courtesy Simply Sharon.
Mark: Coro Craft Sterling – early to mid 1940’s Courtesy Sande Kattau
Coro-Craft Sterling bag Larger view Courtesy Frances Rosenau
Mark: Coro Craft Sterling Photo courtesy ID: duplicated – Patti Matijevich.
Mark: Coro Creations by Francois 1937
Mark: Coro Duette Courtesy ID: duplicated – Patti Matijevich.
Mark: Coro Duette Courtesy justabunchofwildflowers.
Mark: Coro Duette Pat. No. 1798867 Photos courtesy Gayla Esch.
Mark: Coro Elegante-different font 1944
Mark: Coro Fashion Watches 1958 (first “o” has a watch face)
Mark: CORO-KLAD 1965
Mark: Coro(script) Radiance (all on square tag) 1932
Mark: Coro Silvo Courtesy Jan Cox
Mark: Coro Supreme-script-different font –1943
Mark: Coro-Teens 1940
Mark: Hand-Made by Coro, STERLING CRAFT (on ends of bar-bell looking mark) –1941
Mark: Corochrome –1957
Mark: Corolite (in a circle) 1923
Mark: Corolite Courtesy BeeGee McBride
Mark: Coro Magic -script 1960
Mark: Coro Mexico — 1943 — 1950 Coro contracted Taller Borda Silversmiths, owned by Hector Aquilar Photo courtesy Susan at Eureka.
Mark: Coro MEX Silver Courtesy Debra Rothpan
Mark: CORONATION 1965
Mark: Coro Originals(delicate script) 1947
Mark: Coro Silver in circle shape with MEX inside. Info courtesy Arnie V.
Mark: Coro Sterling – (Coro script, Sterling block print)
Mark: Coro Sterling
Mark: Coro Sterling – (Coro script, Sterling block print) Courtesy Jim Katz
Mark: Coro Ster. Photo courtesy Jim Katz.
Mark: Coro Teens Courtesy Gloria Barnhart
Mark: Coroteens-script 1951 Larger view Photo courtesy Simply Sharon.
Mark: Corotots — script at an angle 1941
Mark: Court Jester 1955
Mark: Crowing Glory script with crowa a-top the “C” & “G” 1965
Mark: CZARINA 1950
Mark: Daily Double 1951
Mark: Day and Night 1940
Mark: Debutante(italics) 1935
Mark: Debutante 1935
Mark: Deamboat (script) 1959
Mark: Duette 1929
Mark: Ear Charmers 1956
Mark: Electra Trisemble 1931
Mark: Elegante’ script 1948
Mark: Elite(script) 1948
Mark: EMPRESS EUGENIE(straight print-other companies also used variation of this) 1930
Mark: Fashion Flair(script) 1957
Mark: Fashion Square 1931
Mark: Fashionata(script) 1960
Mark: Fire Bird 1963
Mark: FLUID LOOK 1959
Mark: FLUTTERBYS 1963
Mark: for that priceless look 1944
Mark: Francois(script) 1937 – c. 1960 Photo courtesy David Pritchett.
Mark: Futura 1953
Mark: Futurama 1953
Mark: Galaxy 1949
Mark: Giftpak 1953
Mark: Glamor 1940
Mark: Glamour(script) 1941; renewed in 1976, now dead Courtesy RCJ
Mark: Glamour Magic Larger view
Mark: Glamourcraft (script) 1958
Mark: Glitter Bobs(script) 1956
Mark: Golden Rod script 1926
Mark: Grandeur (script) 1950
Mark: GROTTO BLUE 1926
Mark: Harlequin 1928
Mark: Hi Jinks by Coro( on a bar-bell-like mark) 1940
Mark: Imperial Bouquet 1931
Mark: Jewelcraft 1920; mark now owned by Gem-Craft Courtesy Annekins Quick
Mark: Jewelcraft(at angle) 1920; was still being used during the 1950’s with Pegasus
Mark: Jewelcraft England was still being used during the 1950’s with Pegasus Courtesy Fred Pell
Mark: Jewelfully Yours 1947
Mark: Jewels by Francois (Francois in script) 1937
Mark: Jingle Jangle 1958
Mark: Jingle Rings 1958
Mark: La Belle 1963
Mark: Liberty 1934
Mark: Lovable (script) 1057
Mark: Love-Link 1934
Mark: Love Locket 1953
Mark: Lucky Buck (script) 1959
Mark: Lustralite (script) 1950
Mark: Made in Canada — pieces made in Coro’s Canadian factory were marked such. They were made for Birks, but were probably sold in other major department stores. Info courtesy Robin Deutsch. CAUTION – not all pieces marked “Made in Canada” are Coro.
Mark: Made in Mexico—- Hector Aguilar –1943 to 1950 words inside a circle: around the top Photo courtesy Luda Tovey.
At the top–“Made In Mexico”, at the bottom–“Silver”, in the middle–“Coro”
Another Made in Mexico Photo courtesy Connie Gumtow .
Mark: Magic Eye (script) 1938
Mark: MAGICLIP straight letters 1950
Mark: Magi-Clip script 1960 Courtesy Pam Leeds
Mark: Mah Jongg 1923
Mark: Maharani Mid-Eastern look print 1935
Mark: Maharani script 1937
Mark: MAMIE 1952
Mark: Mantelet Medieval print 1949
Mark: Memories of Life (script) 1954
Mark: Meringue 1942
Mark: Metalite (script) 1929
Mark: Millionears script 1949
Mark: Moonbeam by Coro 1941
Mark: Moonbeam 1956 Photo courtesy Manon Kavesky
Mark: Moonrays 1956
Mark: Music Box 1923
Mark: Night Owls 1944
Mark: Norseland 1940’s Photo courtesy Luda Tovey. Courtesy Cindy Amirkhan
Mark: Our Little Darling 1946
Mark: PADDOCH by Coro ( on a bar-bell) 1941
Mark: PAINT-BOX 1937
Mark: Paragon (script) 1946
Mark: PERSONETTES 1950
Mark: Prestige (script) 1948
Mark: Queen Bees 1943
Mark: Quintette (script) 1938
Mark: Quivering Camellia (script) 1939
Mark: Rambling Roses (script) 1944
Mark: Rapture by Coro (on shield) 1942
Mark: Raven 1963
Mark: Regala (script) 1948
Mark: Romantic 1931
Mark: Round The Clock 1956
Mark: SCINTILLA 1933
Mark: Smart Set (script) 1935
Mark: Smart Set (block print) Photo courtesy Judi Bollen.
Mark: Soda Set (script) (pic of a soda w/straw beside) 1957
Mark: Softouch (script) 1959
Mark: Southern Belle (script) 1940
Mark: Splendor (script) 1948
Mark: STERLING CRAFT, Hand-Made by Coro (on ends of bar-bell looking mark) –1941
Mark: Sterling Craft by Coro (inside oval set side-ways, “Sterling Craft” around top, “by Coro” around bottom) Courtesy Vera Battemarco
Mark: Sterling S. Coro Photo courtesy Jim Katz.
Mark: Stocking Stuffer 1957
Mark: Styled to Beautify script 1938
Mark: Sublime (script) 1948
Mark: SUNBEAM 1927
Mark: SUN-KISSED 1929
Mark: Supreme (script) (written at angle) 1948
Mark: Teen-O-Grams 1958
Mark: TEMPLE BELLS 1964
Mark: Tempt Me 1963
Mark: The Angel of Love 1952
Mark: The Avenue 1925
Mark: Thorobreds 1942
Mark: Tickled Pink (script) written at angle 1958
Mark: Travelogue 1957
Mark: Trio Tricks 1951
Mark: TRIQUETTE 1937
Mark: TWEEDBEADS 1960
Mark: Twin Tones 1954
Mark: Valiant 1948
Mark: Vanity Fair 1945
Mark: Vendome 1944 — 1970 Photo courtesy Jo-Ann Sturko.
Mark: Vendome with copyright, after 1955
Mark: H-A©Vendome Courtesy justabunchofwildflowers
Mark: Wafer 1935
Mark: Whirlaway 1949
Mark: Wood Nymph 1963
Mark: Worn The Most From Coast to Coast 1940
Mark: Sterling 12C Courtesy Joe Weingarten. Coro was issued this trademark & was required to mark items they made for sale to US Military. This was issued after 1965
PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
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