They were very popular in the Court of King Louis XVI and Queen Antoinette Marie.
SPECIAL EMBLEM OF COUNTER REVOLUTIONARIES
The unfortunate French Revolution erupted in France in 1789. True Catholics found protection in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus during that period. Many priests, nobles, and commoners who resisted the bloody anti-Catholic revolution wore the badge. Even ladies of the Court wore the Badge embroidered with precious materials over fabric. The simple fact of wearing it became a distinctive sign of those who opposed the French Revolution.
Among the belongings of Queen Marie Antoinette, guillotined out of revolutionary hatred, was found a drawing of the sacred Heart, with the wound, the cross, and crown of thorns, and the inscription: “Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.”
TO DON THE BADGE OF THE SACRED BADGE WAS TO BECOME AN ENEMY OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER. http:sacredtreasures.typad.com/sacred-treasures
” You can be certain that wherever the place may be; in your living room, on a locker, or in a Berlin barracks, or in the billfold you carry everywhere with you … whatever the image of the Sacred Heart may be … a holy card, a badge, or a picture … you will be blessed because you have exposed and honored it. ” http://sacredtreasures.typepad.com/sacred-treasures
And not you alone, but everyone who is in that place will be blessed with you.
For Our Divine Lord said “I will bless every place in which an image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.”