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Merchant Navy Sweetheart Brooch
Merchant Navy Sweetheart Brooch

This sweetheart brooch belonged to Henry Murray Varrin, who served in Canada's merchant navy during the Second World War.

The pin's diamond-shaped mother of pearl base holds a brass and enamel crest featuring "MN" for the merchant navy. A pin allows it to be fastened to clothing like a jacket or blouse. Merchant sailors gave such ?sweetheart' pins to girlfriends and wives. Other versions incorporated the words "Canada" or a maple leaf.

Sweetheart Brooch
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