Sunday, 26 January 2014

Souvenirs from my sweetheart

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


  1. This is a lovely collection, thanks for sharing it. The story behind your compact is very special.

  2. These are so romantically, wonderfully special. I too collect WW2 sweetheart jewelry (my collection is relatively modest sized, but I'm always on the prowl for more pieces to grow it with) and absolutely love seeing other peoples' collections (the red enamel pin here is stealing my breath away with its beauty).

    ♥ Jessica

  3. What a lovely collection! I really love those sweetheart pins, and I have had my eye on a few on etsy over the years. What is especially nice about yours though, is that your boyfriend was actually in the army, so they are so much more meaningful. Just lovely!

  4. Oh, they are just so cute! I wish I had also a necklace, earrings or a broch but here in Belgium and France they ask so much money for it and that keeps me away from them.
    It's so nice to see your collection and that they have a special meaning to you is amazing. And I really hope that your collection grows in the following years.

    xoxo Emma

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