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Posted 3 years ago


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By Horton & Allday, assayed in Birmingham, 1903.
Beautifully made with a nice Art Nouveau, Jugendstil design.

Thank you

Mystery Solved


  1. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    It could be either nurse's or "normal" belt buckle, if not wearing hospital or nursing school coat of arms.
    It is a very neat Art Nouveau design! Lovely, and loved :-)
  2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
  3. Zowie Zowie, 3 years ago
    It sure is lovely I would also like to use it Wright up my alley for things I like to wear
  4. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
    Glad you reposted Fran. It is so lovely!
  5. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 3 years ago
    Lovely, thanks for posting Fran.
  6. surfdub66 surfdub66, 3 years ago
    Beautiful nouveau buckle, i thought they were called nurses buckles not because nurses wear them but because of where nurses wear them above the waist , i thought it was a general term ;-)
  7. sklo42 sklo42, 3 years ago
    Gorgeous......and perhaps owned by a lady who could afford bespoke dressmaking.
    The investment would repay itself as it is re-usable.......think Downton Abbey :-)
  8. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 3 years ago
    Thank you for the lovely comments everyone. Surf, thank you for the definition of 'nurses buckle'! that makes so much more sense than it belonging to a nurse. Peggy, I've often thought about wearing it, I will one day, don't think I could stretch to a Downton Abbey dress, wouldn't that be fun though :)
  9. Gracay2004 Gracay2004, 3 years ago
    When my wife was training to be a nurse in the 1980's she was supplied with belts but not the buckles, they were allowed to wear one of their choice provided it was silver, because silver was easy to clean. I am not sure if this is why they were named Nurses Buckles but they were certainly much used back in the day!
  10. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 3 years ago
    That's really interesting William.

    I've always thought of nurses buckles as being a little later, circa 1910/15 and usually of a little lessor quality.

    This one, I think, is more likely to be worn with artistic and/or reformist dress like the range Liberty retailed.
  11. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 3 years ago
    Or made-to-measure fashion as Sklo42 suggested..
  12. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 3 years ago
    Thank you William, how interesting. That certainly explains why silver two piece buckles became known as Nurses Buckles.

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