Rare and superb “Florence Nightingale” Crimean War nurses’ badge.
A full-size Victorian replica (?) of the famous Florence Nightingale “jewel” – the original was presented to Miss Nightingale by Queen Victoria in 1855 for service in the Crimea, the design supervised by Prince Albert and manufactured by R and S Garrard and Co.
The original in gold and diamonds is now in the National Army Museum.
Central legend BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL above CRIMEA on decorative floral background. Central red cross with crown and VR.
The whole “jewel” in an ornate, decorative brass mount; reverse completely plain.
Dimensions – 65mm high, 55mm wide.
There appear to be no maker’s or production marks on this piece but it is of high quality.
It is believed that these replicas were made for and given by Florence Nightingale to those nurses who had worked alongside her at Scutari although this has not been confirmed.
A very attractive, rare and interesting item