14 February 2010

SWEETHEART JEWELRY

The piece on the left is actually Sweetheart Jewelry. The term refers to momentos that soldiers, during both WWI and WWII, exchanged with their sweethearts, family and friends.  This was a way of connecting to those at home.   As you can see this features an Army soldier.  A mom, daughter, wife or sweetheart would wear this letting everyone know they had someone in the services. This piece is Bakelite (an early plastic product).  Lucky me as my husband collects items made from Bakelite.  He buys it, I wear it! 
The Valentine heart and key is likely vintage 1960s, .  Part of my Valentine's gift, along with a new stash of vintage cards and ephemera.  Wowee!  Just my thing!

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