During the 1800's after a nurse is fully trained and often on graduation from their studies, a nurse would traditionally wear a decorative buckle on their belt. The buckle would usually be sterling silver and often victorian. The belt buckle was the only bit of individuality that would be allowed on a nurses uniform. These buckles would normally be worn with a black petersham belt, petersham being the name of the fabric. Nurses belt buckles are very diverse in design and subject matter, with lots of flourishes and swirls as well many different mythical creatures, animals, flowers and leaves.
These beautifully made creations are now highly sort after and very collectable. This lovely example of a nurses belt buckle features two mythical female dragons surrounded by a floral garland, elegant feather flourishes and a pretty bow that goes across both parts when the buckle is closed. Stunning work by a talented but unknown jeweller from the late 1800 century - early 1900's.
Dimensions are as follows:
Length across 94.6 mm x Height 32.6 mm x Thickness 9 mm
Total weight 19.3 grams
A previously catalogued piece. No longer for sale.