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A Royal Scots Association Silver Bar Pin - Edwardian Brooch - Edinburgh 1910

Here we have a bar brooch or pin for The Royal Scots Association. This Sterling Silver bar brooch depicts an eight-point star on which there is an image of St.Andrew and his saltire cross. A banner to the top says "The Royal Scots" whilst a ribbon banner at the bottom of the star bears the words "Association". This Association is still very much running and is connected to one of the oldest regiments  - The Royal Scots. This regiment had their origins in a number of independent companies raised in Scotland in 1633 by the authority of Charles 1 and the Scottish Privy Council.  This super pin is a lot newer than that but still passes as an Antique asit is Edwardian.   On the reverse it bears the Hallmark for Edinburgh, the Scottish Thistle for Sterling Silver and the date mark 'E' for year 1910. It also has the maker's mark RWF for R.W.Forsyth - a leading Scottish Department Store from 1897 until the 1980s.  So is this a regimental sweetheart pin or an association membership  bar brooch? Whatever its lovely and  it measures 2.25  inches long and is three quarters of an inch wide at the widest point.  This silver pin is in very good condition.  It fastens with a 'c' clasp and has a slightly bent pin which is still very robust and servicable..



SWEETHEART BROOCHES

Sweetheart brooches first made an appearance in the UK at the end of the Victorian era when they worn during the Boer War (1899 - 1902). These small brooches and pins were worn initially by the wife or girlfriend of a military man when he was serving away from home overseas. This is fairly typical of the Victorian way of using items, often jewellery, to convey messages. Early pins relate to regiments in the army or the navy and are found for many regiments and corps. Naturally this sympathetic and patriotic gesture was taken up by the mothers, sisters, and other female family members and the brooches and pins were worn to show support of sons, brothers etc. Often the serving men would make brooches for the women dearest to them. With the massive conflicts of World War 1 ( 1914 - 1918) followed only a couple of decades later by World War 2 ( 1939 - 1945 ) there became a huge market for this kind of sentimental jewellery. As women themselves joined the forces it was not unusual for them to wear a little pin on their frock with their own insignia, for example the WAAFS or the ATS, when they were not in uniform. Commercial jewellers soon produced ‘sweetheart’ jewellery. Initially the sweetheart brooches and pins had been made from the collar dogs, buttons and cap badges from the regimental uniform. The designs were still taken from the official regimental badge but the sweetheart brooches were made in all kinds of metals to suit the class and purse of the recipient. For the commanding officers' ladies there were exquisite brooches in platinum set with diamonds and precious jewels, gold was also used, although these high end pieces of jewellery are rarer. Base metals and early plastics crop up often and naive items hand made from shell and bullet cases, known as trench art and carved Lucite brooches made from the gun turrets and windscreens of World War 2 aircraft are also found. Silver with enamel is a popular choice and many lovely brooches have been made in these materials. This is not a collectable limited to the British; there is a strong collector market for American patriotic jewelry and sweetheart jewellery too. Today brooches, badges and pins with military connections are made, sold and discovered the world over. 
 
£28.00
A Royal Scots Association Silver Bar Pin - Edwardian  Brooch - Edinburgh 1910
A Royal Scots Association Silver Bar Pin - Edwardian  Brooch - Edinburgh 1910 A Royal Scots Association Silver Bar Pin - Edwardian  Brooch - Edinburgh 1910 A Royal Scots Association Silver Bar Pin - Edwardian  Brooch - Edinburgh 1910 A Royal Scots Association Silver Bar Pin - Edwardian  Brooch - Edinburgh 1910

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