Brooch; 16-155



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Brass brooch with crown at top and circlet of fern leaves with NZ in the middle and emblem reads 'ONWARD'. Red, green and blue enamel have been used as well. Photo 16-313 shows Josephine Worsfold (Jo) wearing this brooch, a popular patriotic gesture during WW2. Excellent condition.

Regimental brooches are generally small pin-brooches depicting miniature badges of units. Usually they were commercially manufactured and some are still manufactured today.

During the First World War, wives, sisters and girlfriends commonly wore pin-brooches depicting miniature badges of units in which male loved ones were serving. The phrase ‘sweetheart brooch’ is commonly used, but is misleading, as it was not only ‘sweethearts’ that wore them.


L: 3cm W: 2.4cm

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