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Suffragette’s medal sold for more than $18,000

A silver suffragette's hunger strike medal awarded to Frances Outerbridge has been auctioned in the UK (Photograph supplied)

An historic medal close to Bermuda’s long fight to secure women the right to vote has been auctioned for an “excellent” price in the UK.

The silver medal of freedom fighter Frances Outerbridge, dated 1912, fetched ₤13,400 — about $18,370 — at Stroud Auctions yesterday.

The firm, based in Gloucestershire, contacted The Royal Gazette last month to highlight its links to the island.

Born in Wales in 1847, Ms Outerbridge was a cousin of Anna Maria Outerbridge.

Anna Maria was a Bermudian activist who fought the suffragette cause by pushing for Bills in 1895 and 1896 that were ultimately turned back by legislators.

Frances was also the niece of Thaddeus Outerbridge, a Member of the Colonial Parliament who advocated for women’s franchise.

Despite the campaign, women in Bermuda were not granted the vote until 1944.

Women in Britain won the vote in 1919

The Frances Outerbridge medal from the Women’s Social and Political Union commemorated the activist’s hunger strike in an English jail after she was arrested for her part in a 1912 demonstration for women’s rights.

The auction house told of the Bermuda connection in its sale description, saying the two cousins were almost certainly in close contact, given their shared struggle for the cause.

It was sold on behalf of an unidentified owner, said to be a descendant of Frances Outerbridge, with the auction house calling it an “excellent” price.

The lot included a lock of Ms Outerbridge’s hair in a jewellery box, and two lorgnettes — handheld spectacles.

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Published January 13, 2022 at 7:48 am (Updated January 13, 2022 at 7:41 am)

Suffragette’s medal sold for more than $18,000

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