Regimental Sweetheart Brooches
The following images are a selection of privately produced badges or brooches which were purchased by members of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers for or by their wives or sweethearts. The quality and design of these badges vary widely, ranging from cheaper nickel, brass or mother of pearl examples to hallmarked silver and in some cases gold examples with numerous different variants existing.
White metal and blue enamel sweetheart in the form of the regimental cap badge
9 carat gold and tortoiseshell sweetheart
Sterling silver and green enamel badge, noticeably omitting the word ‘Royal’ from the title of the regiment. Made by Hopkins & Hopkins of Dublin.
Metal and blue enamel badge in the form of the regimental cap badge
Sweetheart badge on a circular mother of pearl backing
A more widely produced and cheaper example of a First World War period sweetheart badge
Another example similar to the sweetheart badge above
A slightly more elaborate example incorporating the regimental motto ‘Spectamur Agendo’ into its design.
Hallmarked silver badge produced in 1914 by Frederick Narborough, Birmingham
Silver badge again produced in 1914 by Frederick Narborough, Birmingham.
An unusual 4th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers badge produced during the Boer War
A simple brass pin-back sweetheart brooch
A slightly more colourful variant on the above example, with blue enamel
A plain metal and enamel badge, probably dating from the First World War
Mother of pearl backed badge with a white metal rim
A regimental gold and enamel tie pin
Although not a sweetheart brooch these cuff-links, which were produced and sold by the regiment, make an interesting addition to this page.