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This wonderful 1940-1945 Navy Aviator's 'sweetheart' brooch is significant, as an unexpected example of an intimate wartime souvenir.
One of the most popular types of jewellery made during the Second World War was that made from pieces of Perspex. It was scrounged from damaged aircraft and was a popular, easily worked, material. Others had pieces of engraved aluminium (again scavenged from damaged aircraft), beaten down decorated coins, or cut up pieces of coins or badges embedded into the Perspex. This occurred after the Perspex had been cut and filed into shape.
The piece for embedding was positioned on the Perspex and the item placed in a small iron press. The Perspex was heated until the plastic melted and the metal embedded, and a background colour painted over the reverse.
The metal 'Anchor' insignia is cut from a Royal New Zealand Merchant Marine's uniform button.
Measures 100mm x 20mm x 10mm.
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