|RARE VIOLET & YELLOW SUFFRAGETTE PARADE BANNER, THE PLATE EXAMPLE ILLUSTRATED IN THE TEXT REFERENCE ON THE SUBJECT, MADE CA 1910-1920
|Frame Size (H x L):
|Approx. 45" x 52.5"
|Flag Size (H x L):
|33.5" x 41" (plus rings)
|Hand-painted banners of this nature were carried by Suffragettes in parades and rallies throughout America. While many are depicted in period images, bearing the names of Suffrage organizations, or with all manner of wonderful messages about the Votes for Women movement, hardly any of these have survived to the present day. Of those known, some display the names of states that had previously adopted suffrage, as a means of validating why others should follow. Some displayed the names of civic groups that supported the cause, yet have no text about the movement specifically, and others featured slogans that a modern audience would be hard-pressed to tie to Suffrage.
Made of cotton sateen, purple in color, and bound around the perimeter by early machine, this particular banner displays the following verbiage in shaded, gold letters:
“One Million Organized Club Women Endorse, Womans (sic) Suffrage”.
Horizontal in format, with a slightly wedged profile along the bottom edge, it was made to be draped vertically from an upright, T-shaped staff. 13 small brass rings were hand-stitched at regular intervals along the top, with a single 14th ring at the tip, in the bottom center.
While Suffrage groups in America usually designated various official colors, the most often seen for the movement, in general, was golden yellow, usually with black text. In the U.K., the colors were typically purple, green, and white. Some American groups, namely the Women’s Political Union of New York, adopted the British colors to better distinguish the organization from others stateside.
It is of interest to note that when large groups of hand-painted banners appeared at a single march, these four colors were often mixed and matched, sometimes with others, namely blue, or patriotic red, white, and blue, probably to create for a more interesting display. This particular banner combines both U.S. and English hues commonly used by Suffragettes.
Mounting: The banner was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by expert staff. We take great care in the mounting and presentation of flags and have preserved thousands of examples.
The textile was hand-stitched to 100% hemp fabric. The mount was placed in a deep, cove-shaped molding with a rope-style inner lip and a dark brown surface, nearly black, with reddish undertones and highlights. To this a deep, gold, shadowbox molding with a rectangular profile was added as a cap. The glazing is U.V. protective plexiglass.
Condition: There is moderate fading of the purple fabric. There is minor to moderate staining in various areas, the most significant of which is a vertical stain that extends along the center for approximately 2/3 of the distance. There is a tiny hole in the bottom left corner.
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