WWI era Sweetheart Pin
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Above are the scans for an interesting variation of sweetheart badges/pins .Made from an enameled miniature of a WWI era enlisted ranks collar devise. This has been applied to a brass plated arrow. Could have a regimental reference but also could be a sweetheart from an aboriginal soldier (?). In excellent condition with enameling at 100%. Made of brass. An excellent piece with original straight pin attachment in good order.
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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?