Leather flail made and used as a weapon by the suffragette Lettice Floyd: 20th century
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Leather flail made and used as a weapon by the suffragette Lettice Floyd. Lettice Floyd joined the militant suffrage campaign in 1908 when, at the age of 42, she left her home in Birmingham to become a full-time regional organiser for the Women's Social and Political Union (W.S.P.U.). She worked primarily in Bristol and Newcastle, but occasionally came to London to participate in militant action. In March 1912 Lettice participated in the W.S.P.U. window-smashing campaign in London's West End. This flail may have been used to break shop windows during the campaign. As punishment for her participation, Lettice was sentenced to a term in Holloway prison during which she endured hunger strike and force-feeding.
1907 AD - 1914 AD