Antiques Roadshow guest refuses to sell Suffragette medals despite huge value

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Antiques Roadshow guest refuses to sell Suffragette medals despite huge value

Antiques Roadshow expert Hilary Kay was on hand to help the guest understand a bit more about the relics they had in their possession. As the analysis got underway, it was clear the owner of the Suffragette medals had no interest in the price of the horde. And after discovering how much the collection would sell for at auction on the BBC show, the guest said in no uncertain terms were they going to let someone else take care of the family memorabilia.

Showing a Suffragette medal to the camera, Hilary said: “I’m holding here something of enormous resonance. It’s a very powerful object.

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“It’s a medal and on the front of it, it says Gwendoline Cook and, on the other side, it tells us everything because it was a medal awarded for valour, for the hunger strike.

“And this is a Suffragette medal. The purple for dignity, the white for purity and the green for hope.”

“It’s what we recognise immediately as the Suffragette colours. I’ve never held something quite so powerful in my hand like that and I want to know who Gwendoline Cook was,” she asked the guest.

The guest revealed Gwendoline was in fact their grandmother who had been a part of the historic equal rights movement in the early 1900s.

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After reading some of the inscriptions, Hilary told her guest: “In these letters, her character comes across as a great girl.”

“She was a great woman. I lived with my mother and my grandmother.

“My father had died and Gwendoline looked after the family,” they replied.

“She actually provided much of the income to the house. She was a strong lady, she kept up in small ways with previous Suffragettes.

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