WWII era Royal Army Ordinance Corps Sweetheart Pin
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You are viewing a WWI era Royal Army Ordinance Corps sweetheart pin. Enameling is 90%. In good condition with one small chip on the blue enameling, at the right. The attachment pin may have been replaced, but is in good functional condition with an original hinge. (View scans). The badge is made of brass and is a fine example for display purposes.
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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?