An antique, relatively early issue, Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute of Nursing 1887 badge or medallion in what is believed to be bronze. There is no ribbon or cord with this item.
On the reverse of the medallion, the number 806 is inscribed, and we believe this might relate to the issue number, or even the relevant nurse’s number. We have been unable to find out any more information as there are remarkably few of these medallions to view.
The medallion or badge measures approximately 2.25in top to bottom, including the integral loop, but not the detachable one, and about 1.375in across at it’s widest. Exact age or date of issue unknown but dates from between 1887 to 1925. Weighs just over 17g.
In brief, the original Institute was founded following a donation of £70,000 to educate nurses to send the sick in their own homes (the origin of District Nursing). In 1925 the organisation changed its name to the Queen’s Institute for District Nursing, and again later in 1973 in became known as The Queen’s Nursing Institute. In 1934, Queen Mary, who was involved in its activities, was presented with a gold version of the bronze medallion.
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