Suffragette Interest. An Arts & Crafts gem-set silver comport, Liberty & Co, Birmingham, 1918
5,000 - 7,000 GBP
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- Silver, Glass
- 30cm., 11 3/4 in. high
the tapering hammered bowl chased with scrolling leaves between twelve coloured glass cabochons, resting on a strapped bellied stem, the lower column set with four further cabochons between scroll-work, spreading on to a lightly-domed circular base, engraved 'Presented To W. Pearce-Ellis Esq. By Friends and wellwishers in the Evesham Parliamentary Division in recognition of his sterling fight for Parliamentary Freedom and Liberal Principle December 1918', with incuse pattern number 5875
'The Parliamentary Freedom and Liberal Principle' refereed to in the inscription in all likeliness relates to the Representation of The People Act of 1918 which, among other reforms, was the first to allow some women into the political movement. It is interesting to note that the suffragette colours of purple, green and white can be found in the design of this comport, with the white/silver body and the (faded) colours of green and purple on painted foil behind the inset cabochons.