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Ref  X7    Suffragette Holloway Brooch

Such an understated silver brooch with such evocative connotations. A Suffragette Holloway brooch, designed by Sylvia Pankhurst and presented to Suffragette hunger strikers who had been incarcerated in Holloway prison for their militant action in support of the cause. The silver brooch is in the shape of a portcullis, representing the House of Commons, with a convict's arrow enamelled in the colours of the Suffragette movement - purple for dignity, green for hope and white for purity, and with convict chains to either side. It measures one inch by 3/4 of an inch. This brooch was presented to Constance Collier in 1912, after her imprisonment for breaking the windows of John Lewis department store in Oxford Street, London in support of the cause. The lid of the box is inscribed : Presented to Constance Collier by the Women's Social and Political Union in recognition of a gallant action, whereby through endurance to the last extremity of hunger and hardship, a great principle of political justice was vindicated.  Only a finite number of these brooches were presented to hunger strikers, and not all of  those can be attributed to specific suffragettes. For similar, see the Museum of London Suffragette memorabilia collection.

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