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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  

Place made     Unknown

Date made      c 1914-1919

Physical          Brass; Enamel

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

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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