SUFFRAGETTE HUNGER STRIKE MEDAL UP FOR AUCTION

A silver Suffragette medal with the top bar marked For Valour, bottom bar dated February 10th 1914 and marked on one side Hunger Strike with the name Anna Lewis on the reverse, comes up for auction at Lawrences sales room in South Street on Thursday May 16th. The green, silver and purple ribboned medal in a named leather case was presented to Anna Lewis 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.”

The sales lot also includes two silver portcullis brooches made by Toye of London, which were given to Suffragettes imprisoned in Holloway, and other Suffragette ephemera. Miss Lewis worked with Mrs Pankhurst and was a leading member of the Women’s Social and Political Union. Other items included in the collection are a Roll of Honour and two photographs of Anna Lewis and her friend Miss De Pass. The Suffragette ephemera which was collected by a lady who gave lectures to local groups on the Suffragette movement has been given a guide price of between £4000 – £6000. The sale of Militaria, Coins and Medals at Lawrences Auctioneers begins at 10 am on May 16th.

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