This is the larger size of this design. 3" by 3".
During WWII, all non-essential metals were used for the war effort. Several American jewelry companies contracted with firms in Mexico to produce jewelry during this time, including Coro. However, the relationship between Coro and Aguilar was important, as Gerald Rosenberger (the RO in CORO) owned the Taller Borda, Hector Aguilar's workshop. Coro had a contract to produce silver wings and ID bracelets for the US Military. It was here, at the Borda workshop, where these items were made.
Coro-Mexico also created a line of silver jewelry. They purchased some of the designs from Aguilar and Valentin Vidaurreta, made dies of the designs, and marked them CORO.
Here we have a great example of how this worked out. This is a pair of orchids, designed by Hector Aguilar.
The sterling silver one is signed with the earliest Aguilar hallmark "HA, 940, Taxco"
The second one is a Coro-Mexico example. They added rhinestones and a gold wash, totally changing the look of the design. It is signed "Coro Mexico Silver".
This is a chance to own both of these pins, a wonderful addition to a Mexican Silver, or Hector Aguilar Collection.
Hector Aguilar purchased the Taller Borda outright in 1950.
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