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WW1 South African and related sweetheart brooch collection

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As part of my World War One collection, sweetheart brooches have become both fascinating and interesting and depict the positive approach and attitude that the general population showed to their serving soldiers.

I am of the opinion that this often neglected aspect forms an integral part to my collection as often the loved ones back home are forgotten.

The wearing of these brooches indicated the population's support and contribution to the war effort.

Sweetheart Brooches can be regarded as costume jewellery designed for a specific purpose and usually have a military theme.

The badge of the organisation or regiment would be worn as a brooch to show the support back home for those serving in the various theaters and campaigns of the First World War.

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There are many variations to the badges and they were very popular.

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A sweetheart brooch to the S.A. Scottish or 4th South African Infantry Regiment in its original box.

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Variations of the South African general service "SPRINGBUCK" badge for WW1, commonly referred to as the "GOAT IN THE PRTHOLE".

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More variation on the general service badge incluing tie pins and badges mounted on rifle and bayonet brooches.

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A beautiful example of a South African Heavy Artillery sweetheart brooch/tie pin.

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Close-up photographs.

One brooch is from the Anglo-Boer War.

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sabrigade,

A very interesting area of collecting that we don't see many posts on. Thanks for taking the time to show them to us.

Regards,

Gordon

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Thanks Gordon,

I am not sure how many collectors specialise in this field but I enjoy "discovering" and adding new variations.

Regards,

Will

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Hi Will, Long time no contact with you, hope you are well.  Do you still collect Sweet heart items?

Neville Kemp

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