Suffragette Dangling Pendant Lavalier 9k Gold Antique Edwardian c1910.
A suffragette was a member of militant women's organisations in the early 20th century who, under the banner "Votes for Women", fought for the right to vote in public elections, known as women's suffrage. The term refers in particular to members of the British Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU), a women-only movement founded in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst. In 1906, a reporter writing in the Daily Mail coined the term suffragette for the WSPU, from suffragist, to belittle the women advocating women's suffrage. The militants embraced the new name, & even adopted it.
The suffragette campaign was suspended when World War I broke out in 1914. After the war, the Representation of the People Act 1918 gave the vote to women over the age of 30 who met certain property qualifications. Ten years later in 1928, women gained electoral equality with men when the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 gave all women the vote at age 21.
To enable like minded ladies to easily identify themselves to each other, they would wear 3 colours, in their clothes, scarves & even jewellery. The green represented the word 'give', white for 'women' & violet for 'vote'.
The gold has been tested as there are no gold marks. The stones are paste, but they of a great colour, very minor edge wear, all the seed pearls are present, please see the pictures. If you look at the rear it could originally have also been worn as a brooch, the c clasp is still present but a pin would need to be added, this we think is an easy repair for a set of skilled hands if required.
Size 4.8 x 3.2 cm or 1.9 x 1.2 inches.
Weight 2.3 grams or 1.4 penny weight.