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My Nurses Buckle!

Niffler75

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Hi everyone. I was having a clean and found my old nurses buckle that was gifted to me in 1993, bought at an antique fair. I have cleaned it up a bit and need some help with the hallmarks. It has a lion passant and leopard head, so is sterling silver hallmarked on London. But I am having problems reading the letter stamp.
Can anyone help? With thanks! :mrgreen2:


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stracci2000

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Wow, this is beautiful! I cant read the latter either, but it is definitely Art Nouveau style, 1900-1915?
 

Niffler75

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Aw thanks @stracci2000. Just can't work out whether it 'dated' to that time or more recently made but made in Art Nouveau 'style'.
I found one buckle identical online on pinterest but it had already sold I think a few years ago so couldn't find any other details! :D
 

Niffler75

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@rocks Thanks, it's definitely a lion passant and a leopard head so sterling hallmarked in London. It's the third symbol I am struggling with that should give the year made! :think:
There is also a marking separate on the left that may be a maker's mark that I can't see well at all.
 

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It looks quite like this “v” but it’s for 1995 so doesn’t fit in!

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metall

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It looks a bit like the serpentine Birmingham 1970 V to me.

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eta: I didn't see your comment about it definite was marked for london -
 
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I thought it looks like a serpent too, but I can’t find anything about it.
 

Niffler75

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Thanks guys, I really appreciate your input! =)2Hope everyone is well by the way. x
 

canuk-gal

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HI:

No clue as to identity, but will say, that....IT ROCKS!

cheers--Sharon
 

Niffler75

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@canuk-gal Thanks so much! :D I was thinking of selling it but now am not sure. It's just sat in my drawer doing nothing but does hold some sentimental value!
I know people collect them and they are no longer used for nurses uniforms.
 

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HI:

No clue as to identity, but will say, that....IT ROCKS!

cheers--Sharon

Ditto Sharon. It’s marvelous ❤️ Or as Hershey and Oreo would say meowvelous ❤️
 

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@canuk-gal Thanks so much! :D I was thinking of selling it but now am not sure. It's just sat in my drawer doing nothing but does hold some sentimental value!
I know people collect them and they are no longer used for nurses uniforms.

Don’t sell. Keep it til you decide for sure. Sentimental value is priceless.
 

seaurchin

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Wow, that's neat! I didn't know what a "nurse's buckle" was but googled it after seeing your photos. Always nice to learn something new. Thanks!
 

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Hi everyone. I was having a clean and found my old nurses buckle that was gifted to me in 1993, bought at an antique fair. I have cleaned it up a bit and need some help with the hallmarks. It has a lion passant and leopard head, so is sterling silver hallmarked on London. But I am having problems reading the letter stamp.
Can anyone help? With thanks! :mrgreen2:


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Hi, jumping in on your post a bit late!
I had exactly the same buckle, gifted by my father when I qualified in 1990. The hallmark on mine was from 1987 if I remember right - definitely the late 80’s.
Sadly mine was stolen when we were burgled in 2000 and I was heartbroken.
If you are still interested in selling I would be interested.
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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Hi everyone. I was having a clean and found my old nurses buckle that was gifted to me in 1993, bought at an antique fair. I have cleaned it up a bit and need some help with the hallmarks. It has a lion passant and leopard head, so is sterling silver hallmarked on London. But I am having problems reading the letter stamp.
Can anyone help? With thanks! :mrgreen2:


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I need more info :appl: :appl: :appl: :appl: :appl:
What's a nurses buckle ?
 

Gloria27

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Alex T

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I need more info :appl: :appl: :appl: :appl: :appl:
What's a nurses buckle ?

They were given to nurses when they qualified many years ago. Always made from sterling silver & designed to fit on the belt that they wore with their nurses dress. Sadly these aren't awarded anymore, but I know my MIL has one tucked away somewhere from when she qualified in the 1960's. Must get her to hunt it out for me.

 

Alex T

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Hi everyone. I was having a clean and found my old nurses buckle that was gifted to me in 1993, bought at an antique fair. I have cleaned it up a bit and need some help with the hallmarks. It has a lion passant and leopard head, so is sterling silver hallmarked on London. But I am having problems reading the letter stamp.
Can anyone help? With thanks! :mrgreen2:


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This is the same as yours but it dated 1995. If you hold over the hallmark, it looks to be the same?

 
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