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This anti-Suffragette doll is handmade from padded brown fabric and wire with a pingpong ball for a head. Rough features, spectacles and hair are painted in black ink on the ball. Her apron is inscribed with "Votes for Women".
The doll was bought at an antiques fair in West Wales in 1995. The buyer was told by the dealer that it had been brought in by a woman who had found it in her aunt's house after her aunt's death. The woman remembered that her unmarried aunty had received it anonymously through her letter box.
Women had been campaigning for the vote since the mid 1860s and militant suffragettes and law-abiding suffragists were active in Wales which saw some of the most widely-publicised clashes between demonstrators and authorities outside London. Many women also opposed universal suffrage and a Women's National Anti-Suffrage League was formed in 1908. Equal voting rights for men and women were finally achieved in 1928.
Accession number: F07.6

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