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Anyone for a game of Pank-A-Squith?

Suffragette board game

A 106 year-old board game designed to entertain supporters of the Suffragette Movement while raising funds for them and promoting their cause is being sold today by auctioneers.

"The object of the game is to end up with universal suffrage," explains Luke Honey, the Bonhams specialist handling sale.

Detail of Pank-A-Squith
The game was named after Emmeline Pankhurst and PM HH Asquith

The game, called Pank-A-Squith, is essentially a "glorified version of snakes and ladders", but marked with pertinent political events - chaining to the railings, and throwing stones through the windows of the Home Office.

The purpose of the game was to generate funds for the Suffragette movement, which sold it along with other souvenirs in high street shops.

It is a very early example of merchandising for a political cause," says Mr Honey. "So they were pretty clued up people running the movement."




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