Orders, Decorations and Medals (12 June 1991)

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Date of Auction: 12th June 1991

Sold for £1,000

Estimate: £700 - £900

WOMEN'S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION, silver medal for Valour, suspended from an enamelled bar, the reverse engraved 'Fed by Force 4/3/12', the obverse of the medal engraved 'Hunger Strike', the reverse named (Olivia Jeffcott) and hallmarked, with silver brooch suspender engraved 'For Valour', contained in case of issue, the inside of the lid embossed in gold lettering 'Presented to Olivia Jeffcott 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.'; together with a medallion converted from an Edward VII sixpence, the reverse engraved (DX 3/23 Mar. 5th to May 3rd 1912), with rings for suspension from long length of miniature width W.S.P.U. ribbon, extremely fine (2)


Olivia Jeffcott, a hospital nurse, aged 30, was remanded on 5 March, 1912, along with 9 other women suffragettes charged with breaking windows at various shops in Kensington. The Police officers produced in court hammers and bags of stones with which the damage was said to be committed by the defendants. Olivia Jeffcott was sentenced on 12 March, to 2 months imprisonment with hard labour, and sent to Holloway prison. The DX wing at Holloway was reserved for suffragettes.