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Deeds Not Words

A Victorian yellow paste seal featuring text ‘Deeds not words’ in a scrolling banner.

Generously set in 18ct yellow gold with a Diddy size EnaBailer.

We have rubover set a secret symbol – namely amethyst, diamond and peridot stones on the underside of the the bottom edge of the pendant in homage to the Suffragette movement (see photos!).

Why we love it

In 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters set up the radical Women’s Social and Political Union (‘WSPU’).

The motto of the Union was ‘Deeds not Words’.

A departure from the fore-runner organisation of more serene campaigners and lobbyists comprising seventeen regional societies campaigning for the vote for women as the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (‘NUWSS’ established in 1897), the WSPU undertook direct action such as window-smashing, arson, disruption of major sporting events and hunger-strikes. The women of the WSPU were fully fed up and went rogue. Badass. And as mad as hell.

This seal must, we believe, have belonged to a supporter of not only the suffrage movement but also specifically the radical WSPU. We date it therefore as Edwardian, likely to have been made shortly after the WSPU came into being with its apposite strapline signalling their intent to be heard by any means necessary.

We have honoured the suffrage movement with use of secret stones in the colours of the movement in the same way as they were used in jewellery of the era; purple, white and green so that likeminded souls fighting for the rights of women could better identify one another. Very Cool.

The colours were chosen for their meaning of course with purple for loyalty and dignity, white for purity and green representing hope and renaissance.

Of course, most places have the vote for women these days. But we think most would agree that the seed of the movement is still absolutely pertinent today as we wade through treacle in our attempts to gain equality, to be heard and to shut down assorted unsavoury behaviours that are still accepted far too widely.

Wear this as your talisman for the feminist movement. How far we have come and how far we still need to go.

Flown away home.

Additional information

Piece of jewellery

Charm, Classic pendant


The seal is Victorian

Jewellery material

Modern brilliant diamond, Peridot, 18ct yellow gold, Amethyst

Seal material

Antique paste to mimic citrine

Seal colour


Enabailer size



Bauble Magpie's unique maker's mark, Fully hallmarked for Birmingham Assay, to include: metal fineness; Birmingham stamp; year stamp, Limited edition coronation stamp for King Charles III


Depth 4.8mm, Height 13.3mm, 25.4mm including top loop and EnaBailer, Width 16.3mm


Excellent antique condition with light surface wear, The mount is brand new



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