Printed on a sticker on the back of the frame: "Simpsons // ORDER NO // 18 / 65".
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Some fading of letter, frame in excellent condition
Helen Hughes graduated from the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing in 1931. She spent her entire career at the hospital, retiring from the position of Director of Nursing. Presented to Miss Hughes at her retirement from the Kingston General Hospital.
Letter seal, which consists of (a) a brass stamp and (b) a handle of unknown material; the seal/stamp is round and flat with what appear to be the letters "JS" engraved on the outer side; the other side has a hollow cylindrical piece with threading on the inside, attached at the centre; the handle …
Letter seal, which consists of (a) a brass stamp and (b) a handle of unknown material; the seal/stamp is round and flat with what appear to be the letters "JS" engraved on the outer side; the other side has a hollow cylindrical piece with threading on the inside, attached at the centre; the handle is made of a hard, brown material and is solid and cylindrical with a bulbous outer end that tapers in and out with five ridged sections towards the front; the front has a threaded piece that screws into the stamp. Deaccessioned.
Number Of Parts
a - seal - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Diam. 1.8 cm
b - handle - Size: Length 6.2 x Diam. 3.1 cm
Believed by the donor to have been originally owned and used by Florence Nightingale; passed down through the Salsbury family (see attached information sheet); the Florence Nightingale connection cannot be confirmed; based upon the initials on the seal ("JS"), it is now believed that this seal might first have belonged to the donor's ancestor, Private James Francis Salsbury and not Florence Nightingale.
Given to Private James Francis Salsbury during the Crimean War.
(a) the outer (bottom) side of the stamp has what appear to be the letters "JS" stamped into the metal
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(a) The brass is slightly tarnished and shows minor wear; no corrosion is visible; (b) the handle is complete; two small cracks are visible
Salsbury Family History (attached); CD #1
The seal was used to impress a family initial into hot wax to seal letters; the donor signed the gift form with the spelling "Salisbury," not the "Salsbury" found in the family history.