Suffragette Enamel Badge Pendant (attributed)
A small, utterly charming, suffragette enamel pendant. Signed with an MP monogram to the reverse, unidentified. The enamel most likely dates from c. 1915 and is the type of enamel made at evening class, to be worn by its owner. The enamel depicts St Catherine of Siena, a symbol of Catholic suffragettes in particular. The Venus emblem on the enamel is a mystery as it was not a feminist or suffragette symbol at that time. It possibly signifies support for Mary Richardson who famously slashed the “Rokeby Venus”, a painting at the National Gallery in 1914.
Date: c. 1915
Marks: MP monogram to reverse
Material: Enamel on copper
Condition: Enamel is cracked with some nibbles but piece presents well and the enamel is secure
Size: 3.5cm high, 2.5cm wide