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ERNESTINE MILLS (1871 - 1959)

Suffragette Pendant


ERNESTINE MILLS (1871 - 1959)

Suffragette Pendant

Silver, enamel, pearl

Origin British, 1909
Marks 'EM' & dated 1909
Case Fitted Case

The particular choice of these enamel colours is directly related to the Suffragette Movement. These colours were used by the most prominent suffrage group in England the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) The symbols of these colours were referred to by Mrs. Pethick-Lawrence, treasurer and co-editor of the weekly newspaper Votes for Women. Literature: Votes for Women, Spring 1908: '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 is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring.'

Elizabeth S. Goring, Suffragette Jewellery in Britain, Journal 26, 2002 of The Decorative Arts Society 1850 to the Present, illustrated p. 95, fig. 22.

Illustrated in our book:
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson & Sonya Newell-Smith, Tadema Gallery London Jewellery from the 1860s to 1960s, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2021, p. 90
Elyse Zorn Karlin, Jewelry & Metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Tradition, 1993, illustrated p. 82

Price Code

Ref No   10036