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LARGE, SWALLOWTAILED, SUFFRAGETTE PENNANT IN A BLACK & ORANGE COLOR COMBINATION UNIQUE TO THIS EXAMPLE, WITH APPLIED LETTERING THAT READS "VOTES FOR WOMEN” DOWN A WIDE, CENTRAL STRIPE, CIRCA 1912-1920

LARGE, SWALLOWTAILED, SUFFRAGETTE PENNANT IN A BLACK & ORANGE COLOR COMBINATION UNIQUE TO THIS EXAMPLE, WITH APPLIED LETTERING THAT READS "VOTES FOR WOMEN” DOWN A WIDE, CENTRAL STRIPE, CIRCA 1912-1920

Web ID: ws-125
Available: In Stock
Frame Size (H x L): 20.5" x 42"
Flag Size (H x L): 11" x 29'
 
Description:
Large, felt, Suffragette pennant with a tapered, swallowtail format. Black in color, with a orange binding and black ties, there is a wide orange stripe down the center, upon which applied, black, felt letters read simply: "Votes for Women."

This wonderful pennant is known in two basic color variants. The most common of these has yellow letters on horizontal panels of yellow-black-yellow. Far more scarce is the mirror image opposite of that, in black letters on panels of black-yellow-black. This is a variation on the latter, with orange instead of yellow, and is the only example that I have ever seen in this peculiar combination. Unique to this textile, across all manner of related, cloth, suffrage objects—not just pennants—it may be that there was not enough golden yellow felt to complete a particularly large order, so orange was substituted instead.

Golden yellow was the customary color of the suffrage movement in America, coupled with a variety of subordinate colors, primarily black on felt textiles. Purple and green were the traditional colors of the movement in England, though these sometimes appear in the States, as they were adopted by one of the leading Suffrage organizations in the northeast, the Women’s Political Union of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

A yellow and black example of this pennant is documented in "The Keynoter: Journal of the American Political Items Conservators," Summer/Fall/Winter 2008 (Women's Suffrage Special Triple Issue), Volume 2008, Number 2-4, p.37. Yellow Suffrage pennants were often produced in two variants, with the colors simply reversed. One in the mirror image style is documented in the same reference on p. 129.

Mounting: The pennant has been hand-stitched to 100% hemp fabric. The mount was placed in a square, black-painted, wooden molding, to which a black molding with gold scrollwork was added as a liner. The glazing is U.V. protective plexiglass.

Condition: Excellent, with only a tiny stain under the letter “0”.
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Collector Level: Advanced Collectors and the Person with Everything
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Earliest Date of Origin: 1912
Latest Date of Origin: 1920
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