This vintage WWII sweetheart pin is a bakelite 3 blue star flag and measures 1/2 x 3/8 inches. The piece is authentic, as it was purchased through the Ohio Valley Military Society.
This piece has been restored as close as possible to its original condition, cleaned gently by hand with steam, polishing cloths, and good old-fashioned elbow grease.
This vintage item is approximately 70 years old and has been loved and cherished by a previous owner, there will be some slight wear or imperfections. If there is any noticeable wear or defect, it will be mentioned here.
The Service flag, also called the Blue Star flag, is an official banner authorized by the Department of Defense for display by families who have members serving in the Armed Forces during any period of war or hostilities the United States may be engaged in for the duration of such hostilities. The quantity of blue stars varies, as each blue star represents a service member from that family. During WWII the practice of displaying the Service flag became much more widespread. Most flags were hand made by mothers across the nation. The Service flag may also be displayed by an organization to honor the members of that organization serving during a period of war or hostilities.
Sweetheart jewelry was a token of affection from a service member originally given to their sweetheart. This tradition started in WWI, but became increasingly more popular during World War II era (1939-1945), as cloth was rationed as part of the war effort. As a result, clothing was unadorned and simple. Wearing a sweetheart brooch, bracelet or necklace not only served as a connection to a loved one who was fighting overseas, but gave the wearer a sense of style. Sweetheart jewelry expanded to all relations, including wife, girlfriend, mothers and sisters.