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Paperweight: M.5-2021

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Silversmith: Mills, Ernestine




Silver, circular, the top enamelled with a stylised five-petal rose, the symbol of the National Union Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).

Silver paperweight, circular, the top enamelled with a stylised five-petal red rose, the symbol of the National Union Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).

Legal notes

Purchased with the Olive and Peter Ward Legacy Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 7.5 cm
Height: 4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2021-05-10) by Wartski


Production date: circa AD 1910


This paperweight is thought to be one of a number of objects made by Mills to sell and raise funds for the suffrage campaign. The red rose on the enamel is a stylised version of the symbol of the National Union Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). Established in 1897, the NUWSS comprised of many suffrage societies around Britain which combined to form the largest organisation campaigning for women’s suffrage in Britain. In 1914, it had over 50,000 members.

Components of the work

Part composed of enamel
Upper Surface

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Painted in gold enamel

  • Text: EM
  • Location: Edge of enamelled roundel
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Monogram

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-2021
Primary reference Number: 288400
Object entry form: 1552
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 2 June 2021 Updated: Tuesday 2 November 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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