Elizabeth Crawford, who was awarded an OBE earlier this year for services to education and the understanding of women’s history, was successful as bidding soared above the £1000-1500 estimate to sell for £16,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) on July 2 in Etwall, Derbyshire.
The archive, which belonged to sisters Edith, Florence, and Grace Hodgson – one of whom went to prison for the cause – was discovered under the stairs at a north London property.
The sisters kept everything relating to their political fight including badges, white enamel Votes for Women pins, sashes and a Women’s Freedom League pennant featuring Holloway Prison and the words Stone Walls Do Not A Prison Make.
The seller came to a Hansons valuation event with the collection. She said: “The three Suffragettes were [my late husband’s] great-aunts and he used to catch the train to visit them with his family. They were born in Islington and lived in a three-storey house, each with a floor to themselves. They never married or had children.”
After the sale, Crawford said: “This collection is very unusual and it will give me great pleasure to research and catalogue these items. I will be looking into the lives of the sisters.
“As a dealer, I can’t promise that all the items will stay together but some of them will go to important institutions which could not have afforded to buy the collection in its entirety.”
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