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Article about: Hi guys. Could anyone tell me the date of the badge and if the 'AUSTRALIA' added at a later date. The pin on the back definitely looks like a repair job using a safety pin. Quite well done t

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    Hi guys. Could anyone tell me the date of the badge and if the 'AUSTRALIA' added at a later date. The pin on the back definitely looks like a repair job using a safety pin. Quite well done though. Thanks, Mark.
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    For me it looks like a WW2 issue.
    In my opinion is the Australia tag indeed added at a later date.
    The safety pin wasn't there originally.
    There were two O shaped rings on it, like the one on yours.
    They fixed it onto a slauch hat by using split pin.
    Maybe your badge is later modified for veterans use to pin it on a costume.

    Gr. Theo.
    Last edited by stekker; 02-05-2012 at 06:11 PM.

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    Hello there,

    This is a "Sweetheart" type of badge. It is made from a collar Rising Sun badge and an "Australia" shoulder badge soldered together. I can not say if it is WW1 or WW2 sorry.

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    Quote by TestMatch View Post
    Hello there,

    This is a "Sweetheart" type of badge. It is made from a collar Rising Sun badge and an "Australia" shoulder badge soldered together. I can not say if it is WW1 or WW2 sorry.
    Agree and it looks to be maker marked K G Luke & Co. so post early 1920's I think, so probably WWII. I have seen a few of these conversions to "sweetheart" badges, very nice.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Thank you all for the info. I wonder if there are types of sweetheart badges from all armies. Anyway, lets hope the giver of this one returned to his sweetheart.

    Mark.

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    Hi Mark,
    Def. a sweetheart badge made from collar and shoulder insignia with a pin attached.
    These are the normal attachment devices for Rising Suns.The large example is a hat badge,the smaller is collar insignia.
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    A nice sweetheart badge none the less.
    Cheers mate
    Dave

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