Suffragette archive sells for £48,000

TV antiques expert Catherine Southon has sold a wonderful archive of Suffragette Kate Evans, who was born in Wales, for £48,640 – more than four times its top estimate- at her auction at Farleigh Court Golf Club near Warlingham.

This is the most expensive item sold by Catherine’s auction house in its six year history. Kate Williams Evans was born in 1866 in Llansantffraid, Montgomeryshire and became a suffragette to the dismay of her parents who thought the behaviour of these women was quite shocking. On March 4 1912 she was arrested and imprisoned for 54 days in Holloway prison.

The collection was offered for auction by the family. Catherine Southon commented:”The interest in this lot was phenomenal with bidders from all over the world – I was absolutely staggered how people were competing to buy this fascinating collection and even more gob-smacked by the price it achieved.”

Included was a rare silver suffragette Hunger Strike medal and a fascinating archive of letters, books and ephemera relating to Kate Williams Evans. Only 100 of these medals are known to exist and this one was contained within original velvet lined presentation box with printed inscription to the silk lined lid, sold together with an accompanying letter from The Women’s Social and Political Union stating that Miss Evans has been presented with a prison brooch. Also included was a Metropolitan Police arrest warrant issued to Kate on March 4 1912 for ‘Malicious damage’

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