Sweetheart brooch

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL/05581
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Gilded brass, Glass enamel
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1914-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

A gilded brass and glass enamel brooch in the form of a blue enamelled boomerang, with the wording 'I GO TO RETURN'. Suspended from the boomerang is a small red and blue enamelled 'Rising Sun badge. The boomerang is fitted with a brooch-pin fitting.

History / Summary

This badge is an example of commercially produced 'sweetheart' jewellery. Often worn by female relatives, or a girlfriend or wife, these brooches were a symbol of pride, support and affection for a loved one serving in the armed forces. They could be purchased by the women themselves or given as a gift by the serviceman concerned.