WW1 Sweetheart Pin Cushion


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  • £120.00
  • €140 Euro
  • $150 US Dollar

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2019
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A beautiful and detailed sweetheart pin cushion dating to the First World War. It is heart shaped and made of blue and white cotton, and is firmly stuffed with sawdust. It is skilfully decorated with small glass beads and sequins attached with pins, thread-work, gold braid and fabric scraps. It was made by Victor Simons, and his embroidered name is incorporated into the design. Also included are two metal military shoulder tabs for the Royal Artillery Regiment, Simons' regiment, along with an embossed card image of the regiment's badge, below which is Simon's name and the years '1914-18'. Also included are two machine embroidered silks featuring Union Jack flags and a sentimental verse. Round the edge of the heart is a tassel fringe. The pin cushion is in generally good condition with a few minor faults, slight fading and minor soiling - this is to be expected bearing in mind its age.
Sweetheart pin cushions were usually made by convalescing soldiers as presents for sweethearts at home and are delightfully romantic souvenirs of a bygone age. They were popular from the period of the Crimean War until World War 1. Kits were sent to soldiers to make up so common motifs and materials are often seen. The resulting pin cushions are fine and poignant examples of folk art.


  • H: 18cm (7.09in)
  • W: 17cm (6.69in)
  • D: 6cm (2.36in)



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Welcome to Ginger Tom's Curious Eclectic.  We are a husband and wife team, both with a lifelong interest in antiques. Our business stems from the usual collector turned dealer scenario.  As our own collections grew, it became obvious we needed to redistribute some items in order to make space to buy new treasures to feed our own habit.

Buying to sell seemed the natural progression from this. We have been involved in buying and selling since 2004, but have only recently taken the decision to establish an online presence. We don't specialise in any particular area, but our interests do influence our stock purchases to a degree.

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