medal; commemorative (franchise demonstration 1884)
White metal medal decorated on the obverse with an image of the bust of Gladstone facing left with "THE RT HON. W. E. GLADSTONE M.P." embossed around the perimeter. On the reverse is "COMMEMORATIVE OF FRANCHISE DEMONSTRATION 1884". Secondary perforation to allow the medal to be suspended from a brass Maltese cross.
Franchise demonstrations were held across the country during the summer and autumn of 1884. They demonstrators wanted an expansion of voting rights to more men. The Reform Act (Representation of the People Act also know as the Third Reform Act) was passed in 1884 and it allowed all adult householder and men who rented unfurnished lodging to the value of £10 a year the right to vote. Women still didn't have the right to vote irrespective of wealth.
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embossing:reverse:"COMMEMORATIVE OF FRANCHISE DEMONSTRATION 1884"