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World War 2 - 1940s Sweetheart Pin in Mother of Pearl - Royal Artillery(SOLD)

Here we have a genuine World War Two Sweetheart Pin for the Royal Artillary regiment.  This brooch consists of a little chromed bar with a chain suspending a square of natural mother of pearl from it.  Within the square of mother-of-pearl there is a little paper roundel with the badge of the Royal Artillary within.  The insignia appears to have been printed in colour on paper which is then held in a covered open locket style with a metal rim. This is a great brooch for anyone who enjoys dressing in the 1940s style, wearing the frocks of the day and attending some of the re-enactment festivals.  The brooch is in very good condition and it measures 1 inch square on the mother of pearl piece with the little metal brooch bar being one inch long and the suspending chain half an inch long.  the brooch has a guarded safety clasp and pin.

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.    
World War 2 - 1940s Sweetheart Pin in Mother of Pearl - Royal Artillery(SOLD)

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