Collecting Suffrage

The long women’s suffrage campaign (1866-1928) offers anyone interested a wide choice of collectable material – items that bridge the 100 years that have elapsed since they were first purchased at a suffrage meeting or in a suffrage shop or were awarded at a suffragette rally.

In the decades before the First World War the suffrage societies, both constitutional and militant, produced an amazing range of ephemera and artifacts – including postcards, badges, medals, games and china – as well as books and pamphlets. Each item can be made to tell a story and, when placed together, can form a collection celebrating the passion and ingenuity with which the suffrage societies enthused their supporters.

A great many suffrage artifacts have passed through my hands in the past 30 years and will, I hope, do so in the future. It is always a pleasure to research their history and pass on what I can discover. Hitherto this information has been confined to my printed catalogues, but I now intend to add posts on ‘Woman and her Sphere’ in which to tell the stories of some of these items.

My latest catalogue contains items of suffragette china, as well as suffragette badges and jewellery – see Catalogue 199

For those interested in the memorabilia of the US women’s suffrage movement, do consult womansuffragememorabilia.com

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