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

Sweetheart Badges & Brooches - Page Three

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.

Hand made badge. in mother of pearl, one of three made by Sergeant Richard Hamblett of the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment for his wife and two daughters.  The rear is marked 'Bethlehem' where it was made in 1939.  Sergeant Hamblett served throughout World War Two with the King's Own.
Accession Number KO2467/02

Silver with red and blue enamel badge of the King's Own.
Accession Number KO2873/34
Brass and blue enamel badge of the King's Own Royal Regiment.
Accession Number KO2873/35
Brass and enamel, showing Royal Cypher and Regimental Badge as well as the words 'The King's Own'.
Accession Number KO2873/38

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

Metal and enamel, showing Royal Cypher and Regimental Badge as well as the words 'The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regt'.
Accession Number KO2950/05
Brass and blue enamel badge of the Royal Armoured Corps.  The 107th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (The King's Own) served in World War Two with offices and men wearing the King's Own cap badge.
Accession Number KO2483/09
Brass and blue enamel set on plastic 'mother of pearl' backing, badge of the Royal Armoured Corps.  The 107th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (The King's Own) served in World War Two with offices and men wearing the King's Own cap badge.  From the collection of Corporal Len Davies of the 107th.
Accession Number KO2483/23
Silver and blue enamel badge of the Royal Armoured Corps.  The 107th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (The King's Own) served in World War Two with offices and men wearing the King's Own cap badge.  From the collection of Captain Boulter of the 107th Regiment.
Accession Number KO1626/02
Brass lion with blue enamel.
Accession Number KO2490/939
Brass lion.
Accession Number KO2917/03
Silver mess jacket collar badge with small safety chain added.  Donated to the museum by the sister of Private James Riley who was killed in action on the Greek island of Leros in November 1943 whilst serving with the 1st Battalion.
Accession Number KO2498/10
Brass.
Accession Number KO2917/04

Brass with photograph in the rear.
Accession Number KO2917/05
Brass oval with blue enamel from the collection of WO2 (RQMS) Arthur Charles Bent of the King's Own who served in the 1930s and 1940s.
Accession Number KO2549/05

Brass cap with slider removed and pin badge added.  This was the cap badge worn by Private William Newton of the 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment through the First World War.
Accession Number KO2602/05
Brass badge with blue and green enamel with leaf design.
Accession Number KO2684/32
Brass lion with blue enamel from the collection of Private Daniel Rose, MM, who served with the 6th Battalion of the King's Own in World War One.
Accession Number KO2704/06
Non-precious metal badge set with paste 'stones' a few of which are missing.  Similar, but much less valuable, than the following badge.
Accession Number: KO2917/44
Silver badge set with diamonds and red sapphires for the lion's eyes.  Produced, commercially, (see advert) in the late 1930s and purchased by Captain B D Armstrong and given to his sister.
Former Loan - image only.
This photograph, of an unknown man, by a photographer in Clitheroe, clearly shows that he is wearing a 'sweetheart' type badge.  Sadly there is no further information, but it is nice to see that such a badge being worn.
Accession Number: KO2873/24

 
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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