We don’t think so much anymore of life being so tenuous, we’ve gotten used to a degree of stability. It wasn’t that long ago, though, that the World was on a knifes edge, poised on the brink of World War II, a war such as humanity had never known. In England, they dug up parks to fill sandbags, carried gas masks everywhere they went and sent their young men, and more than a few women, off to war. Remember me. Don’t forget me. Wait for me. These were sentiments felt by all. This marvelous bangle was made in this year, a gift from a sweetheart imbued with such bittersweet desire.
Hand crafted in Birmingham, England in 1939, at a time when not much jewelry was being made, this bangle has the bones of it’s Victorian forebears in its make, but is decorated with an enamel insignia and hand crafted rope motif. The blue and red enameled top is the cap badge of the corp, a staff and snake in a wreath topped with a crown; beneath this it reads “Royal Army Medical Corps”. The bangle is in wonderful condition without notable damage, it opens easily and closes with a satisfying little snap. It’s fully hallmarked inside with the marks for sterling silver, Birmingham and 1939 and also the makers mark ‘K.Ltd’, it is also stamped ‘Made in England’. The bangle is 20.4 mm wide and would fit comfortably on a wrist of 7.25 inches or less, it weighs 39.3 grams.
I couldn’t resist purchasing this sweet and historied bangle, it’s a beautiful and very unusual example of WWII Sweetheart jewelry!
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