QC era Regina Rifles Sweetheart pin
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You are viewing the scans of a QC era sweetheart pin for the Winnipeg Rifle Regiment. Most likely late Korea period, 1953. Made of silver with a spinner type attachment. Very clean detailed enameling work.
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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 wore on, many of the givers were lost, and did not return. Consequently, these items became very cherished by their recipients. Therefore they are generally called sweethearts?