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Takahashi Bird Brooch Dating

Takahashi bird pins are truly works of art and have found their place in the vintage jewelry collectible market. These remarkable birds were all hand carved and painted by Yoneguma and Kiyoka Takahashi.

Each bird was accompanied by a card which would have displayed information such as the bird species and also listed an address. The earliest address was 13042 Century Blvd. and in 1955 the Takahashis moved to 11081 Crosby Avenue. If a card has the Century Blvd. address, the bird was most likely created prior to 1955. For a photograph of the pre-1955 card version and a Takahashi Bird, click Takahashi Bird

What makes these birds extra special is their story. To read more, visit www.takahashibirds.com.

Sources - Carol Takahashi, www.takahashibirds.com

The Coro Sterling Rockfish - Fake, Reproduction or Real

There has been contemplation as to whether or not a Coro Sterling Siamese Fighting Fish, a.k.a. Rockfish, with open fins is real, a fake or a reproduction. Cathy Gordon has compiled detailed descriptions, observations, and photos of the different sterling versions and the reproductions at http://imageevent.com/bluboi/cororockfish. There is also a note from Ron Verri, Gene Verri's son, describing the reason for the different versions.

To the right is pictured a Coro advertisement found in the Vintage Fashion and Costume Jewelry Newsletter (volume 8, #3, Summer 1998). Click the photo to view a larger version. This advertisement includes the sterling version of the Coro Fish with the open fins. The caption in the newsletter reads "A wartime advertisements for Coro Craft". Although, the actual month and year of publication in which this advertisement is featured is not known, it does show that Coro did produce an open fin Sterling Rockfish. It is also true that there is a reproduction that has the open fins.

Coro advertisement courtesy of the Vintage Fashion and Costume Jewelry Club

Iridescent Glass

It is sometimes thought that iridescent glass was not used in jewelry until the creation of the Aurora Borealis rhinestone by Manfred Swarovski in 1955 with the cooperation with Christian Dior. Although much of the vintage Aurora Borealis rhinestone jewelry was produced during the 1950s, iridescent glass was used in jewelry prior to 1955. The first known appearance of iridescent glass was actually in the Vienna World Fair in 1873 but the process was held a secret. Soon after in 1876, Paul Weiskopf published the process that he had developed. He was a pioneer with the idea to apply it to decorations used for brooches and such.

Source - Baubles, Buttons, and Beads The Heritage of Bohemia by Sibylle Jargtorf

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