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15ct Gold Suffragette Pendant Retailed by Murrle Bennett & Co

685R
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Written by Olly Gerrish

A good example of a 15ct gold Suffragette pendant that has been set with the Suffragette colours. It was made circa 1910-1915. The colours are Green garnets (Green meaning “give”), natural split pearls (white meaning “women”), Amethysts (violet colour meaning “votes”). The pretty Edwardian design is composed of a central oval cut amethyst surrounded by three pearl and green garnet set flowers with pearl set leaves in between with a pearl set circle above and a pear shaped amethyst drop. It is on a 15ct gold chain with a secure barrel clasp. These necklaces were worn by sympathisers of the Suffrage movement as a sign to other women of their feelings.
A more detailed explanation for the symbolism of the colours was explained in 1908 by Mrs Pethick-Lawrence, editor of the weekly newspaper Votes for Women, “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.” In other words, she said, the colours stood for freedom and dignity, purity and hope.
This necklace was retailed by the firm Murrle Bennett & Co in their Regent Street premises in the early 1900s.

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Item Number
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Date & Origin
Provenance
English
Condition
Excellent
Materials
Gold AmethystGreen Garnet Pearl
Hallmarks
Pendant marked 15ct
Chain marked 15c (for 15ct gold)
Maker's mark MB & Co
Measurements
Height of pendant 5cm
Chain length 43cm
Centre amethyst 7mm by 5mm
Amethyst pear shaped drop 6mm by 4mm
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