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Items celebrating ‘dangerous suffragette’ set to come under the hammer in December

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Items celebrating ‘dangerous suffragette’ set to come under the hammer in December

Befitting a year that has marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave votes for all men and some women, an illuminated suffragette address presented to militant suffragette Clara Elizabeth Giveen will come under the hammer at Cuttlestones’ 7th December Specialist Collectors’ Sale at Wolverhampton.

Signed by Emmeline Pankhurst, the beautifully illustrated document commemorates Giveen’s dedication to the cause and is being sold alongside a framed watercolour inscribed to the back “Botanical Gardens, Oxford 1909 C. E. Giveen” and a small group of photographs of Clara.

Branded by police as one of the most dangerous suffragettes, Clara joined the Women’s Political Union in 1910 and was a militant supporter – taking part in protests and the Suffragette Window Smashing Campaign; twice being arrested and receiving two prison sentences for her actions.

She is best known, however, for her role alongside Kitty Marion in the burning down of the grandstand at Hurst Park Racecourse in response to the death of fellow suffragette Emily Wilding Davison – who, a few days previously, died when she ran onto the course in protest and was trampled by the King’s horse. For her part Clara was sentenced to three years imprisonment, during which time she went on hunger strike and was forcibly fed and before being released under “The Cat & Mouse Act”.

Being linked to such an active member of the Suffragette movement, the items are expected to achieve in the region of £3,000 – £5,000, as sale room manager, Rosie Blackburn, explains:

“While there has always been a strong collectors’ market in items linked to the Suffragette movement, public interest has been heightened this year with the amount of publicity highlighting the group’s activities as part of the centenary of the women’s right to vote. A medal and other items presented to Clara to mark her valour and dedication to the cause recently sold at auction for £12,000 so we anticipate a lot of interest in these items.”

The address will come under the hammer at Cuttlestones’ Specialist Collectors’ Sale at its Wolverhampton Sale Room on Friday 7th December. The fully illustrated catalogue will be available from Friday 30th November via and viewing will take place from 10am – 7pm the day prior to, and on the morning of, the sale. For those not able to bid in person, live online, telephone and commission bidding options are available.

For more information call 01902 421985 or email [email protected]

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