Well it's a very gloomy Sunday here in London and I've spent the day cleaning and staying cosy in pyjamas listening to Patsy Cline.
Whilst sorting my bedside table I found my collection of WW2 sweetheart souvenirs and
after an instagram conversation with the very lovely A Vintage Nerd about her 1940s brooch collection,I decided to do a post showing a few of my treasures, they're too pretty to be hidden away in my cupboard!
This is probably my favourite, a handmade mother of pearl sweetheart pin but its so fragile I darent wear it!
American Army badge with enamel 'sweetheart' attached
These two are 'Son in Service' pins, the number of stars indicate how many son's a mother had in active service.
These two are teeny-tiny! The castle is the symbol of the American engineers, it has a bar attached but I'm not sure what this would have been used for, maybe an engraved message or name? The eagle is the generic symbol of the US Army but I love this one as, despite its tiny size, the details are still coloured with enamel.
Something about this US Army locket just gets me every time, its so beautifully detailed. I just wish I knew who it belonged to and whose precious photo it housed in its past life!
This is probably my favourite sweetheart piece from my collection. Its a WW2 British Royal Engineers compact made by Stratton. My boy has recently left the British Army but when he gave me this he was a serving Royal Engineer, making this one extra special. Don't get me wrong I love all of my pieces but this one is treasured just a tiny bit more as it's so personal to us.
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my collection. I also have a collection of souvenir handkerchiefs but I will save them for another time.
do you have any sweetheart pieces or any other collections that you hold dear? I'd love to hear about them!
bye for now.
Love Hollie xxx