About this item
For sale is a WW2 British Army Royal Artillery Sterling Silver & Enamel Sweetheart Brooch this is of a larger size, with a weight of 5.61 grams. There is a small bit of enamel damage on the scroll so please see photos for more details.
A scarce original circa 1940's fine quality Sterling Silver 'Welsh Guards sweetheart brooch' in the form of the national symbol of Wales a "Welsh Leek" enhanced in superb vivid green enamel, the bulb with paste diamonds, the reverse impressed "Silver". Very good condition, retaining original pin fittings incorporating safety roller catch in perfect working order, enamel without blemish, complete with all stones. Height 34mm.
These little brooches are miniature replicas of the badges of military regiments, naval units, the Royal Flying Corps and the RAF, generally known as sweetheart brooches because they were often given as romantic keepsakes by members of the armed forces to their wives and girlfriends before they left for the front. One Londoner recalled that they ‘were received as gifts, love tokens or symbols to display that one of your loved ones was “doing their bit”‘ and remembered that ‘almost every female seemed to wear one’. Widely sold in retail and jewellery stores throughout the country and in small shops set up in military camps where last-minute gifts could be purchased before embarkation, families visibly articulated their support for their men as they left for potentially lengthy periods of separation in wartime by wearing brooches that matched the soldiers’ insignia.
This will be sent via Royal Mail 1st class signed for and dispatched within two working days.