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Love and War - Sweetheart Items in the Museum's Collection

Sweetheart Badges & Brooches - Page One

The museum's collection of sweetheart badges and brooches dates back to around 1900 with the earliest example being in hall-marked silver.  They were sometimes made by soldiers but more often commercially produced, an advert for some of the more expensive variations exists in The Lion and The Rose from 1931.

Hallmarked silver, London, 1900.  Produced during the South African, or Boer War, 1899-1902.  Unusually the regimental lion is facing to the right, it would be more usual, and probably correct, to face to the left.
Accession Number KO2426/11


Hallmarked silver.  Produced during the South African, or Boer War, 1899-1902.  Unusually the regimental lion is facing to the right, it would be more usual, and probably correct, to face to the left.
Accession Number KO1942/01
Hallmarked silver.  Produced during the First World War.  This particular type of brooch is quite common.
Accession Number KO2426/03
Hallmarked silver, 1917. Produced during the First World War.
Accession Number KO1189/01
Silver badge.
Accession Number KO2426/05
Silver badge.
Accession Number KO2873/49
King's Own badge, marked 'TLM' on rear.
Accession Number KO2917/89
Brass badge.
Accession Number KO1066/02
Brass lion with blue enamel from the collection of Private Albert Edward Corless who served with the 1st/5th King's Own in World War One.
Accession Number KO1616/05
Brass lion with blue enamel.
Accession Number KO1687/03
Brass lion with blue enamel.
Accession Number KO1687/04
9 ct Gold lion on bar.
Accession Number KO2684/47
Brass lion
Accession Number KO2950/12
Silver suspender and lion with blue enamel.
Accession Number KO1687/06
Silver suspender and lion with blue enamel.
Accession Number KO2873/46
Brass regimental badge on 'overseas service' chevrons.
Accession Number KO0817/07
Brass regimental button with laurel leaves.
Accession Number KO1818/01
Silver lion with blue enamel.
Accession Number KO1909/01
Brass lion with blue and white enamel.
Accession Number KO2000/01

See an advertisement from the First World War for a badge like this.

Brass regimental button.
Accession Number KO2044/02
Gold, marked 9 ct, lion on bar.
Accession Number KO2293/01
Silver lion on bar with blue enamel.
Accession Number KO2873/47
Silver lion on bar.
Accession Number KO2873/48
Brass lion with blue enamel, from Sergeant Snape who served in the King's Own in World War Two.
Accession Number KO2332/05
Brass with pair of birds and suspended regimental lion badge.
Accession Number KO2985/29

 
bulletLove and War - introduction page
bulletLove and War - Sweetheart Badges page one
bulletLove and War - Sweetheart Badges page two
bulletLove and War - Sweetheart Badges, page three
bulletSweetheart Postcards Page One - to sweethearts (1)
bullet Sweetheart Postcards Page Two - to sweethearts (2)
bullet Sweetheart Postcards Page Three - to wives, mothers and daughters
bullet Sweetheart Postcards Page Four - birthdays, Christmas and New Year
bullet Sweetheart Postcards Page Five - Regimental and Divisional Cards
bullet Sweetheart Postcards Page Six - Patriotic Cards (1)
bullet Sweetheart Postcards Page Seven - Patriotic Cards (2)
bullet Sweetheart Postcards Page Eight - Patriotic Cards (3)
bullet Sweetheart Postcards Page Nine - French themes and towns
bullet Sweetheart Postcards Page Ten - a few more!

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