Suffragette pendant sells for nearly triple its guide price

PUBLISHED: 09:35 04 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:35 04 April 2016

The pendant, made in the recognised green, white and violet colours of the Suffragette movement, sold for £800 at a recent auction held by Chilcotts.

The pendant, made in the recognised green, white and violet colours of the Suffragette movement, sold for £800 at a recent auction held by Chilcotts.

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The pendant, made in the recognised green, white and violet colours of the Suffragette movement, sold for £800 at a recent auction in Honiton.

A Suffragette pendant sold at a Honiton auction has smashed its guide price of £200 to 300, selling for £800.

The provenance of the pendant, made in the recognised green, white and violet colours of the Suffragette movement, was recognised by the auction house’s jewellery expert, Diana Hollis.

Liz Chilcott said: “The film Suffragette, released last year, has renewed interest in the movement, and we were thrilled to receive this pertinent item to sell in our March auction, where it was snapped up by a buyer from Scotland.

“Although there is some debate, apparently these three colours were very significant, with Suffragette leaders Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst using the colours to symbolise the aim of the movement: green to symbolise ‘give’, white to symbolise ‘women’ and violet to symbolise ‘vote’.”

While Suffragettes are thought of as feminist, they preferred a feminine look to counteract any impression of manlike aggression, with soft blouses and loosely pinned hair.

Jewellery was an acceptable accessory and the three colours, usually represented in amethyst, peridot and pearl featured not just in jewellery, but clothing and beribboned medals too.

In 1908, Mrs Pethick-Lawrence, the editor of newspaper ‘Votes for Women’ gave an explanation of the symbolism of the colours: “Purple as everyone knows is the royal colour. It stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity; white stands for purity in private and public life; green is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring.”

Auctioneer Duncan Chilcott said: “We were delighted with the price realised by this interesting item of jewellery.

“This was a lovely Edwardian piece, from a fascinating era that turned out to be a step-change not just for women but society as a whole.”

Chilcotts Auctioneers holds a monthly drop in valuation event, where people are able to bring items to consign for sale.

This is held at The Tiverton Hotel, in Blundells Road, on the first Tuesday of the month, from 9.30am to 1pm.


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