WW2 Royal Navy Sweetheart pin
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You are viewing a wartime Royal Navy Sweetheart pin. This pin is has a browning brass crown and anchor motif above a scrolling of "The Royal Navy", all set on a green bakelite roundel. The attachment on the back is in good order...
A beautiful specimen...
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Sweetheart badges and pins were often given to a female loved one, by their soldier lover, son (usually), or father. They could have been supplied, for a cost, by the quartermaster or by a private organization, such as Birks. Most were simply converted uniform devises from the regiment, and were available in the tuck shops. Many, if not all of the battalions and regiments had this type of inspirational badge. As the war years dragged on, many of the givers were lost, and did not return. Consequently, these items became very cherished by their recipients. So today we generally call these badges "sweethearts".
They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.