About this item
For sale is a WW1 Sterling Silver & Gold Fronted The Essex Regiment Sweetheart Brooch.
This is in the form of a miniature Essex reg emblem/ badge with heavy gold plated finish, mounted to a S.M.L.E rifle, the reverse is marked Sterling for Sterling silver. Very good condition, retaining original pin fittings, complete with original rifle sling and all the gold plating to the front of the badge.
These little brooches are miniatures 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.