Sweetheart pendant

Place Oceania: Australia, Northern Territory, Darwin
Accession Number REL43334
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Brass, Enamel
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1940s
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Sweetheart pendant featuring the Heavy Artillery, Darwin Fixed Defences colour patch in enamel. The backing and suspender of the pendant are brass and stamped into the reverse of the pendant is '_06'. The first part of the stamping is damaged.

History / Summary

Type example of sweetheart jewellery. The pendant features the colour patch of the Heavy Artillery, Darwin Fixed Defences, which is a blue rectangle with a red line that runs in a wave pattern through the blue backing.

Often worn by female relatives or a girlfriend, wife or mother, this type of jewellery was 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.