CEF WWI 79th CEF Field Artillery Collar devise or Sweetheart pin
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You are viewing the scans of a rare WWI uniform collar badge or "Sweetheart" for the 79th CEF Field Artillery. This brass badge has a straight pin type fastener intact and in good order, which is usually a sign of an officer grade badge or perhaps a "sweetheart". A beautiful specimen from WWI. A rare beauty of a bygone era. Enjoy the scans! ...
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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?