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Hunger Strike Medal trebles auction estimate

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A medal awarded to a suffragette in 1912 far exceeded its estimate when it came under the hammer recently.

The hallmarked silver suffragette Hunger Strike Medal awarded to suffragette Frances Outerbridge, by the Women’s Social and Political Union and engraved with her name and dated March 1st, 1912. Born in Wales in 1847, she went on hunger strike in prison after being arrested at a demonstration in 1912.

SUFFRAGETTE HUNGER STRIKE MEDAL MAKES 13400 STROUD AUCTION ROOMS3 | Hunger Strike Medal trebles auction estimate
The Hunger Strike Medal went under the hammer last week. Picture: Paul Nicholls.

The case bears the inscription ‘Presented to Frances Outerbridge 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 medal was expected to sell for £2,000 to £5,000 at the Toys, Vinyl Records, Musical Instruments, Asian and Tribal Art, Picture Books, Ephemera and Stamps auction at Stroud Auction Rooms last week, but went on to make £13,400.

Pictures by Paul Nicholls: WWW.PAULNICHOLLSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

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