The Bracelet position?

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An intriguing find. Does anyone know what this bracelet signifies, please? Image supplied by Peter Carroll

I’ve been trying to find time to post this one since it came in via twitter a couple of days ago, because it’s absolutely fascinating, and I’m sure there will be readers out there who can help Peter Carroll with this unusual enquiry.

He wrote:

Hello Bob

My nan passed away a week ago on Saturday.

Amongst her things was this bracelet. We thought it was possibly a birth bracelet of some kind? We can’t find anything like it.

She was born in 1920 in Dudley.

Anything else you need, just ask.

Cheers
Peter Carroll

First of all, my sincerest condolences to Peter and his family for their sad loss. You have my deepest sympathies, and I’m sure those of the readers too.

Now, on to the bracelet. If you can’t read it on your screen, it says:

E.E. Bates
Glenvale
City Road
Tividale
Tipton
ORVB 355/3

It looks to me hand engraved by someone perhaps not a well-practiced engraver, or one  doing so for utility rather than ornament (note the guide lines for the text).

If any of you have any ideas, or can enlighten Peter, please do: Comment here, or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

Thanks to Peter for a very intriguing question!

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4 Responses to The Bracelet position?

  1. Dot says:

    Would she have been one of the City Road Bates? Butcher baker and candle stick maker?

    Was she a cinderella ? About 1940?

    My family was Handsworth and we had similar. My uncle married into Bates

  2. david williams says:

    I live in that area and im sure I collected paper money from that house it was actually in lower city road after the Wolverhampton new road was cut through prior to this it was known as gypsy lane ,I have a neighbour who lived in that road years ago and will ask him if he can throw any light on this and will update you if possible

  3. Linda Gebbetis said on Facebook:
    ‘During World War Two , not everyone could bear to let their children go on the evacuation. Jean Bullows was one of five children whose mum wouldn’t let them be evacuated. The Government said that if children were not evacuated they had to wear an identity bracelet. So if your mum, dad or you got killed or injured in the bombing, then somebody would read your bracelet.Also if you were little and got separated from your family in an air raid, you might not know your address.
    This object shows how dangerous it was in the war and how difficult it must have been for parents.’

    Astounding – anyone have any comment on this?
    Cheers
    Bob

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