About this item
For sale is a WW1 Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Sweetheart Brooch Badge.
These little brooches are often miniatures of the badges of military regiments, naval units, the Royal Flying Corps and the RAF. They can also be made from modified insignia like cap badges, collar badges Etc. And are 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 is in good condition, slight enamel damage/ manufacturing floor just under the E and S under military forces. This will be sent via Royal Mail 1st class signed for and dispatched within two working days.