The string of Suffrage memorabilia going under the gavel in the 100th anniversary year of votes for (some) women continues with this Votes for Women sash offered on May 19 at Fieldings Auctioneers of Stourbridge. The 20th century woven piece is estimated at £1000-1500.
The sashes were first seen at the Women’s Sunday demonstration held in London’s Hyde Park on June 21, 1908. Through the Votes for Women magazine, editor Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence encouraged supporters to attend the demonstration in white dresses to make the sashes more visible.
Created by the Women’s Social and Political Union, the design for the sash itself is thought to have come from Sylvia Pankhurst. The distinctive tri-colours became emblematic of the Suffrage movement – green for hope, white for purity and purple for loyalty and dignity.
Female jewellery designers are leading the way at Fellows’ Antique & Modern Jewellery sale in Birmingham on May 17.
This Arts & Crafts silver and gold, opal necklace is attributed to the local West Midlands designer, Dorrie Nossiter (1893-1977). Born in Aston, Birmingham, Nossiter was educated in the area before becoming an influential jewellery designer, mainly active during the 1930s. The necklace is estimated at £600-900.
From the same collection is a late Victorian 18ct gold citrine necklace, with maker’s mark for Mrs Newman, who designed jewellery in the mid to late 19th century from her base in Savile Row, Mayfair (estimate £1500-2000).
A pair of silver-mounted easel photograph frames, each embossed with a golfer, is estimated at £1500-2000 in a paintings, silver, watches and jewellery sale at the George Kidner saleroom in Lymington, Hampshire, on May 17.
The oak-backed frames measure 6¾in (17cm) wide and bear the maker’s mark for Henry Williamson, Birmingham 1910.
Winston Churchill is believed to have puffed on this cigar while sailing to the US on HMS Duke of York in 1941. The part-smoked cigar was collected by the ship’s chaplain, Rev Robert Evans, and is accompanied with a handwritten note. It reads Smoked by the Rt Hon Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England, on board H.M.S. Duke of York, when on passage to the lease and lend conference in Washington December 1941. Embarked at Greenock.
Churchill also met with President Roosevelt in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and the USA’s entry into the war, and attended the Arcadia Conference, where the drafting was made of the Declaration by the United Nations, which became the basis of the UN when it was founded in 1945. The cigar is estimated at £600-1200 in Trevanion & Dean’s May 19 sale in Whitchurch, Shropshire.