In 1869 Sophia Jex-Blake (1840-1912) determined to study medicine at Edinburgh University though its doors were still closed to women. After a bitter struggle, which divided the faculty and ended with Miss Jex-Blake suing the University unsuccessfully in the Court of Session, she moved to Berne to qualify. In 1889, however, largely as a result of her struggles, degrees for women were sanctioned by Act of Parliament.
Grateful students of the Edinburgh School of Medicine for Women presented her with this address on 3rd November 1894. The casket was made for the presentation and the silver decoration includes the initials SJB in monogram.
See also image ol0009 (portrait photograph).