Sophia Duleep Singh
Depicting Princess Sophia Alexandrovna Duleep Singh (1876 - 1948) Prominent suffragette, daughter of the exiled Maharaja Duleep Singh (last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire) & goddaughter to Queen Victoria.
These earrings have been made from lightweight, durable plastic, approximately 2mm in thickness. The design has been printed onto the front and then sealed using a matte top spray coat. The back is plain white in colour. Due to the handmade nature of these items, every piece will vary slightly in size and colour.
The earring posts are silver plated stainless steel. The backs are made of acrylic and silicone rubber.
Your earrings will come attached to a printed card, carefully packed in a little bubblewrap and tissue paper, and posted in a small postal box.
Should the earring posts lose their shine and become tarnished, carefully rub a little Silvo silver polish on them. Make sure to remove all residue with a damp tissue or cloth. Surgical spirit can also be used (sparingly) if necessary, to disinfect the posts.
Princess Sophia Alexandrovna Duleep Singh (1876 - 1948) Prominent suffragette, daughter of the exiled Maharaja Duleep Singh (last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire) & goddaughter to Queen Victoria.
In the early 20th century Sophia & her sister visited India in secret where they attended the Delhi Durbar (1903) & met with relatives. The visit was a turning point in her life, as she faced the realities of poverty and what her family had lost by surrendering to the British government.
In 1909, she joined the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) & became a leading member; funding suffragette groups and selling a suffragette newspaper outside Hampton Court Palace where she lived in a grace and favour apartment. She frustrated the government by refusing to pay taxes and authorised an auction of her belongings, with proceeds benefiting the Women's Tax Resistance League. Despite Singh's activism as a suffragette, she was never arrested; although her activities were watched by the administration, they may not have wanted to make a martyr of her.
Although as a British subject Singh's primary interest was women's rights in England, she & her fellow suffragettes also promoted similar activities in the colonies.
During WWI She volunteered as a British Red Cross VAD nurse, serving at an auxiliary military hospital in Isleworth. She tended wounded Indian soldiers who had been evacuated from the Western Front.
She is featured in the Royal Mail's commemorative stamp set "Votes for Women", issued in February 2018. Her name & picture (and those of 58 other women's suffrage supporters) are on the plinth of the statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square, unveiled in April 2018. She was featured in the documentaries Sophia: Suffragette Princess (2015) and No Man Shall Protect Us: The Hidden History of the Suffragette Bodyguards (2018), portrayed in the latter production by actress Aila Peck.