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Vintage Sweetheart Pin - Royal Army Ordnance Corps - Silver and Enamel Brooch pin

Here we have a silver and enamel sweetheart brooch for The Army Royal Ordnance Corps.  It has enamel detail in red on the crown cushion and the shield; with blue enamel for the stable belt and scroll.  The crown is the King's Crown.  This sweetheart pin doesn' bear a full hallmark, it is simply stamped with the word 'silver' on both the medalion ( the strike here has been attempted twice but this in no way detracts from the item )  and the bar. This regimental sweetheart pin is a medal type where a medallion is suspended from a triple silver bar brooch style. It measures 1 inch long on the bar and 1 inch by three quarters of an inch wide at the widest point on the enamelled medal.  This sweetheart pin dates from the Second World War and is in very good condition.  It fastens with an old fashioned 'c' type unguarded clasp.



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. 
 
£30.00
Vintage Sweetheart Pin - Royal Army Ordnance Corps - Silver and Enamel Brooch pin
Vintage Sweetheart Pin - Royal Army Ordnance Corps - Silver and Enamel Brooch pin Vintage Sweetheart Pin - Royal Army Ordnance Corps - Silver and Enamel Brooch pin Vintage Sweetheart Pin - Royal Army Ordnance Corps - Silver and Enamel Brooch pin Vintage Sweetheart Pin - Royal Army Ordnance Corps - Silver and Enamel Brooch pin

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