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  EXTREMELY RARE LAPEL PIN IN THE FORM OF A TRADITIONAL, FELT, SUFFRAGETTE PENNANT, WITH "VOTES FOR WOMEN" TEXT, circa 1912-1920

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 8" x 9"
Flag Size (H x L): 3" x 3.75"
Description....:
American Suffrage movement lapel pin, made of golden yellow felt, in the form of a traditional Suffragette pennant with a standard, triangular taper and "Votes for Women" text in black. To date I have encountered just one other example in this extremely rare style.

Golden yellow was the customary color of the suffrage movement in America, a tradition began with the first actual campaign to give women the right to vote. This took place in 1867 in Kansas, the first state to hold a referendum on the issue, when suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Carrie Stanton focused their efforts there and wore sunflowers—the state flower—in a show of support, as well as yellow ribbons. The flower was an appropriate emblem for a rising sun and growth, which led to its use in other states, and the carryover of the color to many other objects of the campaign for years to come. In England, green, white, and violet (give women the vote), were the colors of the movement, though various groups used these also in the States, sometimes substituting golden yellow for green.

Mounting: The paint-decorated and gilded molding dates to the period between 1840 and 1870. The pennant and staff have been hand-stitched to their background, which is 100% cotton twill, black in color. The black fabric has been washed and treated for colorfastness. Spacers keep the textile away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective glass.

Condition: Excellent.
Collector Level: Intermediate-Level Collectors and Special Gifts
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Earliest Date of Origin: 1912
Latest Date of Origin: 1920
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Price: SOLD
 

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