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  • Place of origin:

    United States of America (made)

  • Date:

    early 1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    White gold, diamonds, rubies sapphire

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This brooch was probably worn by the wife or mother of an American serviceman during the Second World War. Its design is that of a Service Flag, the official banner that may be displayed by an American family who have someone serving in the armed forces during a time of conflict. The banners were introduced in 1917 and were in widespread use during the Second World War. On the banners the blue star, representing the family member, would be replaced with a gold one if he or she were killed in action.

Physical description

Rectangular brooch in the form of a flag, with a sapphire cut as a star in the centre, a border of invisibly-set rubies, and a ground of pavé-set diamonds.

Place of Origin

United States of America (made)


early 1940s (made)



Materials and Techniques

White gold, diamonds, rubies sapphire

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 9 mm, Width: 16 mm, Depth: 5 mm

Descriptive line

Brooch in the form of a flag with a border of rubies, a field of diamonds and a central star of sapphires. United States, 1940-5.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Price, Judith; Lest we forget: Masterpieces of patriotic jewelry and military decorations, Maryland 2011, p.109


Gold; Diamonds; Ruby; Sapphires


Stone setting

Subjects depicted

Stars and Stripes; Patriotism


Metalwork; Jewellery


Metalwork Collection

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