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"Emblem of the Americas" brooch

American
1941
Designed by Lester Gaba (American, 1907 – 1987), Manufactured by Coro (American, 1901–1979)


Accession Number

2018.4039

Medium or Technique

Gold-plated metal, enamel

Not On View

Classifications

Brooches

This gold-plated metal brooch is enameled to depict the 21 flags of the Union of American Republics. The flagpoles are wrapped in a white enamel banner with “Amigos Siempre” written on it. The flag of the United States is in the center, and from left to right, in alphabetical order, are the flags of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, CHile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Salvador, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Signed

"Coro"

Markings

"PAT. No. 130836"

Provenance

Between about 1970s and 2018, acquired by Carole Tanenbaum, Toronto, Ontario [see note]; 2018, gift of Carole Tanenbaum to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 2018)

NOTE: This is part of a large collection of costume jewelry given to the MFA in 2018, which had been built over about 40 years.

Credit Line

Gift of Carole Tanenbaum