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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Colour Patch Sweetheart Brooch: 11 Battalion AIF

ID Number    PERS010

Title                Colour Patch Sweetheart Brooch: 11 Battalion AIF

Maker             Unknown

Object Type  
Badge

Place made     Unknown

Date made      c 1914-1919

Physical          Brass; Enamel
Description

Description
Rectangular sweetheart brooch depicting a 11 Battalion colour patch of brown over blue. A fastening pin and hook is attached to the back.

Summary
This badge is an example of commercially produced 'sweetheart' jewellery from the First World War. Often worn by female relatives and/or a girlfriend or wife, these brooches were a symbol of pride, support and affection for a loved one serving in the AIF. They could be purchased by the women themselves or given as a gift by the serviceman concerned. The history of this particular sweetheart brooch is not known.




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