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University College Hospital London Silver Nurse's Belt Buckle - Ratione Dirige Cursom     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11186
Period: George V
Year: 1934
Silversmith: Greenwood & Watts
Place: London
Price: $ 350.00
Weight: 48 silver, 59 including belt grams
Dimensions: 6*6.5 cm, belt 73 cm.
Condition: Excellent, complete with original petersham black belt. Silver perfect, including original clasp, belt has some wear from use near clasp.

Description: A stunning sterling silver nurses belt buckle, complete with original silver clasp and original black petersham belt. The buckle is very interesting, it features a Viking longboat with lion prow, and a serpent sail, beneath 2 maple leaves, above motto "Ratione Dirige Cursom", translated "Pursue Proper Studies", or "Govern your Course by Reason". This is the coat of arms of University College Hospital London, blazoned "an ancient galley, charged with a serpent nowed and in chief two maple leafs slipped", it was granted in 1907. The belt buckle is clearly hallmarked for London 1934, made by Frederick Smythe-Greenwood and Herbert Alwyn Watts, who worked between 1914 and 1934. The clasp is also hallmarked. University College Hospital (UCH), previously called North London Hospital, is a teaching hospital still working today. It was founded in 1834, Agatha Christie was a staff member, and the first amputation under ether was performed here in 1846 by Robert Liston. The Cruciform building was built in 1907, still in use today. Frederick Smythe-Greenwood produced Arts and Crafts silver on his own from 1910-1914 in the Ramsden & Carr style, it is thought he apprenticed in their workshops. Nurses were awarded their belt buckle on graduation, most were silver plate, solid silver ones such as this one would have been expensive and are much rarer. Note spelling mistake on belt Cursom, should be Cursum.
University College Hospital London Silver Nurse's Belt Buckle - Ratione Dirige Cursom
University College Hospital London Silver Nurse's Belt Buckle - Ratione Dirige Cursom

University College Hospital London Silver Nurse's Belt Buckle - Ratione Dirige Cursom
University College Hospital London Silver Nurse's Belt Buckle

University College Hospital London Silver Nurse's Belt Buckle - Ratione Dirige Cursom
Sterling silver nurses belt buckle back

University College Hospital London Silver Nurse's Belt Buckle - Ratione Dirige Cursom
Greenwood & Watts London 1934 silver hallmarks

University College Hospital London Silver Nurse's Belt Buckle - Ratione Dirige Cursom
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