Michele Wyckoff Smith
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This is a Holloway brooch. It was designed by Sylvia Pankhurst, the daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, a leader of the British suffragette movement and the founder of the prominent women’s suffrage organization The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). The WSPU’s motto was “deeds, not words,”
The colors of WSPU were announced early in 1908 as purple, white and green. They were no secret - hundreds of protestors would march behind banners such as this one, from the London Borough of Hammersmith, c. 1910. Courtesy the Museum of London. (link goes to an article about myths and facts with regard to suffragette tokens and jewelry)
Diamonds in the Library
An amethyst, peridot and diamond necklace, by Veronique Cartier. Designed as a graduated alternating series of cushion-cut amethysts and peridot, spaced by sculpted 18k gold twist links, bezel-set with pear-shaped diamond terminals, mounted in gold, circa 1982-1983, 14¾ ins. Signed V.C. for Veronique Cartier. Via Christie’s.
suffragette jewellery – Woman and her Sphere
Unusually, it’s possible to date this brooch pretty accurately. It is marked on the back with the maker’s name ‘Toye’, which was in usage between 1898 and 1909 when the passing of a new Companies’ Act meant that henceforward it was known as ‘Toye & Co. Toye produced much of the WSPU merchandise, including the hunger-strike medals. WSPU flag badge
Holloway brooch, designed by Sylvia Pankhurst 1909 Sorry you must be logged in to send an e-card. Click here to login or register. Holloway brooch, designed by Sylvia Pankhurst 1909 © Bath in Time - Private Collection image detailsDescription Presented to all suffragettes after imprisonment, the design was based on the portcullis symbol of the House of Commons, the arrow convict symbol is enamelled in the purple, white and green colours of the suffragettes.