IV'E  affixed the  R.N.D .

Sweetheart brooch in place

on my RNR Beret next to my,

Junior rates Badge to,

symbolise  the joining of

the modern Reservists with,

my / forbears in ,

             the R.N.D.

AS THE PAGE TITLE INFERS THIS PAGE IS ABOUT

"WHAT WERE, TERMED" "SWEETHEART BROOCHES"

GIVEN TO WIVES / GIRLFRIENDS / SWEETHEARTS,

THEY WERE MADE FROM A MYRIAD OF MATERIALS,

SUCH AS BASE METAL WITH GILDING AND ENAMELING ,

AT THE LOWER END , BUT MORE AFFORDABLE FOR MOST,

AND AT THE HIGHER END OF THE BROACHES,

MADE FROM HOLLOW SILVER WITH GOLD WASH/ PLATING

ACCENTS ON THE FLORA AND FAUNA AND ANCHORS,

TO THE SIMPLER  GOLD PLATED ONES,

THERE WERE ONES TO SUIT MOST BUDGETS,

AS YOU WILL SEE IN THE EXAMPLES BELOW,



AS SEEN ON THE LEFT AND DIRECTLY BELOW THIS EXAMPLE IS OF THE BASE METAL GUILDED METAL /ENAMEL TYPE

NO VISIBLE MAKERS MARKS  ,

THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES  SHOW THE SAME CHARACTERISTICS,

IN THEIR MAKE UP, IN ALL THE EXAMPLES  SHOWN HERE IN AFTER ,THERE WILL BE FRONT ,

AND REVERSE IMAGES

IVE ADDED AN IMAGE OF

A £2 COIN TO GIVE AN INDICATION OF THE SCALE, OF    THE  BROOCHES,

THIS EXAMPLE  ON THE LEFT AND BELOW,

IS A LTTLE UP MARKET.

ITS MADE FROM WHITE METAL,

WE CANT CALL IT SILVER AS THERE IS NO DISCERNABLE HALL MARKS,AND IT HAS A MOTHER OF PEARL BACKING PIECE.

THIS ONE ON THE LEFT AND BELOW IS A SIMPLE ,

GOLD PLATED  ONE ,

BUT AS IT HAS ,

NO DISCERNABLE  HALL MARKS,

WE HAVE TO  CALL IT  YELLOW METAL

NOW WE START GOING A BIT MORE UP MARKET,THIS EXAMPLE  ON THE RIGHT  ,

SHOW THIS IS A CLASS PIECE MADE FROM HOLLOW SILVER WITH GOLD PLATING ON THE DETAILING   AND HALLMARKED - 1915-16

BIRMINGHAM ASSAY OFFICE AND THE LION PASSANT,

SHOWING ITS 9.25 SILVER

THE MAKERS WERE S.BROS BIRMINGHAM

 

THE ONE BELOW & TO THE RIGHT IS ALSO HOLLOW SILVER AND GOLD PLATED  WAS ALSO MADE BY S, BROS IN 1915/16

The  brooch on  the right was manufactured by,

Ward brothers of birmingham,

the image below and too the right

is a better example of the hallmark,

as its obscured in the  larger image

above it

THE BROOCHES ABOVE AND  THE ONES BELOW WERE MADE BY,

SYDENHAM BROTHERS TENBY STREET BIRMINGHAM Also seen with serifed letters (1893):                                                                            THE  EMAMPLE ON THE RIGHT






George and Robert Sydenham formed a partnership with Claude Tebbitt which ended in 1875. When George died in 1910, he left an estate worth the then large sum of £14,729, an indication of the firm's prosperity. The firm, which had premises in Tenby Street, Birmingham, became a limited company in the same year. An advertisement in 1913 describes the firm as manufacturers of diamond and gem-set jewellery. It ceased trading in 1930.

THE "HOWE  DIVISION "BROOCH  IMAGES  SEEN ABOVE AND TO THE,

RIGHT SHOW THE HALLMARKS FOR BIRMINGHAM AND THE LION.

PASSANT (.925 SILVER )AND THE DATE LETTER ( q ) 1915-1916,

AND THE MAKERS NAME ,  S.BROS IS RUBBED BUT JUST VISIBLE.


THE "HOOD DIVISION" BROACH BELOW SHOWS MOSTLY THE SAME, MARKS  EXCEPT FOR THE DATE LETTER THIS TIME ITS AN (S)

FOR 1917/1918,

THE MAKERS NAME IS CLEARER ON THIS ONE ............................

FROM WHAT IVE SEEN S,BROS SEEMED TO  BE  QUITE PROLIFIC ,

IN THE MAKING OF SWEET HEART BROOCHES DURING THE GREAT WAR PERIOD, AS THESE EXAMPLES SHOW,

WHAT IS A BIT SAD IS THE ENAMELLED ONES HAVE NO MAKERS MARKS WHICH IS A REAL SHAME ,

AS THEIR WORK WILL LARGELY GO UNRECOGNISED ...............................

THE IMAGE BELOW SHOWS SOME MEMBERS OF COLLINGWOOD DIVISION THAT WERE ,

INTERNED IN HOLLAND

BELOW IS A "COLLINGWOOD DIVISION" SWEETHEART BROOCH,

SEEN HERE IN COMPANY WITH A SHOULDER TITLE AND A NUMBER 4 (4th BATTALION)

THE OTHER 3 IMAGES SHOW THAT THE HALLMARKS ARE  THE SAME AS ON THE OTHER BROACHES,

EXCEPT THE DATE LETTER, THIS ONE BEING THE LETTER .P. FOR 1914-1915,

WHAT MAKES THIS BROOCH  AND ACCOMPANYING  SHOULDER TITLE AND BATTALION NUMBER

IS , THAT THE BATTALION WAS DISBANDED ON THE 8th OF JUNE 1915,

AFTER SUFFERING HEAVY LOSSESAfter the RND's MASSIVE LOSSES,

AT "THE 3RD BATTLE OF KRITHIA" 4th OF JUNE 1915,

DURING THE GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN OF  25 APRIL 1915 AND LASTED TILL 9 JANUARY  1916.





THE IMAGE DIERCTLY ON THE RGHT SHOWS THE,

MAKERS MARK  S.BROS IS SLIGHTLY OBSCURED,

BUT YOU CAN JUST MAKE IT OUT .

THE PHOTO  ON THE LEFT SHOWS A VIEW OF PART,

OF BIRMINGHAMS ,

JEWELLERY QUARTER,

OF THAT PERIOD,

AND ON THE RIGHT,

AND BELOW SHOW MEN, AND WOMEN AT WORK,

IN THE JEWELLERY WORKSHOPS.

OF THAT PERIOD.

THE BROACH BELOW IS A RARE FIND AND IS THE ONLY ONE IV'E EVER SEEN.



BELOW IS A BRIEF EXPLANATION,

OF THE BADGES ORIGINS.

THIS   BROACH ON THE LEFT IS  GILDED  NO ENAMEL, AND IS IN,

NEAR MINT  CONDITION,

CONDITION IS IMPORTANT,

IF ITS TO PERFECT " BEWARE!"

THIS ONE HAS GOOD PATINA ,

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK,

ROBIN McGREGOR,

FOR PUTTING ,

HISTORY AND MEMORIES BEFORE PROFFIT,

AND LETTING ME ACQUIRE IT FOR A REASONABLE PRICE,

THIS IS A RARE TRAIT THESE DAYS,

AS A LOT OF PEOPLE  JUST SEE  ££££££££!!!! AND MEMORIES SECOND,

PEOPLE ARE ENTITLED TO MAKE MONEY , DONT GET ME WRONG,

BUT IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING ON,

A LIMITED BUDGET, ITS NOT EASY TO SAVE THESE PRECIOUS ARTEFACTS,

FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO BENEFIT FROM.


" THANKS AGAIN ROB" .........................



2nd Naval Brigade (Aug. 1915-May/June 1916)


1st Royal Marine Bn.


2nd Royal Marine Bn. (disbanded 28/4/18. Personnel to 1st RM Bn.)


Anson Bn.


Howe Bn. (disbanded in Feb.1918. Personnel to other RND Bns.)



The new 2nd Naval Brigade & the amalgamation of the four RMLI Bns, was intended as a stop-gap measure until reinforcements allowed the reconstitution of their original formations. Unfortunately the reinforcements were never forthcoming & despite honest intentions, the two RM Bns. remained unchanged until April 1918. However, the 2nd Naval Brigade was disbanded in May 1916 on arrival in France, & the 3rd RM Bde. briefly reformed. There followed an exercise in Admiralty mathematics, whereby they got their calculations hopelessly wrong for the numbers of drafts available. Not before 1st & 2nd Hood Bns. had been formed in France, & 2nd Hawke, 2nd Anson & 2nd Drake Bns. at Blandford, was the truth revealed & all "2nd" Bns. disbanded. The end result was that for a short time the two RM Bns., with Howe & Anson Bns., became part of a "new" 1st RN Brigade. However as the Army had now taken control of the Division, it was decided to bring their designation into line with the Army's idea of titles. The RND was renamed "The 63rd (RN) Division ....................

ON THE RIGHT IS  A NICELY  FRAMED

DUO OF DRAKE DIVISION BADGES,

THE SMALLER ENAMMELED ONE,

IS A SWEETHEART BROOCH,


THE ONE BELOW IS A DRAKE DIVISION CAP BADGE,

NICE TO SEE THE PAIR TOGETHER LIKE THAT.

             ABOVE  IS A  FRAMED DISPLAY OF 15  SWEETHEART BROOCHES

                 IVE USED  A SELECTIVE FOCUS TO SOFTEN THE PLAIN FRAME.

The brooch on the right

is another good  example ,

of an enamel one ,

this one's in the shape of a horse shoe

I Would  like to express a very special thankyou with a lot of humility

to Sally and Gerald Wilton from the "Vintage silver Studio Bournemouth".

who  donated the RND Sweetheart brooch on the right

but as if that wasnt enough also included a donation of money ,

which will go towards a wreath to be laid later this year  ,

thank you sally and gerry this means a great deal to me .

the badge will be attached to my RNR junior rates beret along side the,

modern Junior rates badge i had when i was a reservist, to symbolically,

bridge the gap between my forbears and myself,

as you have seen these brooches came in a variety of materials ,

and shapes and sizes  this is a base metal one,

gilt  metal coated  and enamel, and is roughly one and a quarter inches

  x three quarters of an inch at the base,

even now when you see one and you think ooo! ive got that one , you,

can be surprised ,but when you think that the RND only existed from,

the beggining of ww1 until August 1918-- 1919 you realise how scarce ,

these artifacts really are, ive also used my photo to mark part of the page link.