A Victorian 'Ladies Literate in Arts' badge for The University of St Andrews, Edinburgh 1883
Lot 36
A Victorian 'Ladies Literate in Arts' badge for The University of St Andrews, Edinburgh 1883
Sold for £200 (US$ 330) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Victorian 'Ladies Literate in Arts' badge for The University of St Andrews, Edinburgh 1883
The silver badge of marquise form, depicting Saint Andrew on the cross in the central reserve, with 'University of Saint Andrews' in 19th century Lombardic lettering to border, length 60mm, stamped 'No 7036 Rd', with maker's mark 'JC' and retailer's mark 'Christie & Kilpatrick, Edinburgh'

Footnotes

  • The LLA was originally a distance learning qualification for women, introduced in the 1870s to allow women access to a University education before they were admitted as students to the University of St Andrews itself. Students studied at local colleges to them, and then sat examinations set by the University. The scheme was so popular it survived into the 1930s, despite the fact women were admitted as full students in 1892.

    Literature: 'Literate Ladies: a Fifty-Year Experiment', RN Smart in the St Andrews University Alumnus Chronicle, 1968, Vol 59.
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