Brooch, Sweetheart (Taranaki XI Rifles Regiment)

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A small gold Sweetheart Brooch modelled on the design of an 11th (Taranaki Rifles) badge featuring Mount Taranaki / Egmont in the background and houses and farms in the foreground.= A scroll runs along the bottom inscribed with "TARANAKI XI RIFLES / REGIMENT". The pin on the back has been broken off. A "9CT " hallmark is stamped on the rear.
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This sweetheart brooch was given to an English woman by a New Zealand soldier during World War I. The family history related about it is that the New Zealand solider had proposed to his sweetheart, but she had refused as she did not feel she could leave her widowed mother. It remained in England until it was donated to Puke Ariki in 2002.
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