AMES SHORT SWORD W/SCABBARD & SASH I.O.O.F. ODD FELLOWS S. ROYALTON LODGE 74 VT. For Sale
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AMES SHORT SWORD W/SCABBARD & SASH I.O.O.F. ODD FELLOWS S. ROYALTON LODGE 74 VT.:
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Offered for sale from a recent estate sale which included items from the I.O.O.F Lodge 74 in South Royalton, Vermont of which this item is one of those Rare items which is described below
ORIGINAL AMES SHORT SWORD WITH SCABBARD AND SWORD SASH - I.O.O.F CEREMONIAL SHORT SWORD - FROM SOUTH ROYALSTON LODGE 74 VERMONT
This Short Sword was noted in Ames Sword Co.’s Catalogue dated 1885. In the Ames Sword Company 1829-1935 book by John D. Hamilton on page 230 under SHORT SWORDS, sword # 677 is the Short Sword offered for sale and Utilized as a Ceremonial sword at the I.O.O.F ‘INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOW” at Lodge 74, South Royalton, Vermont.
The South Royalton, Vermont Lodge 74 opened in 1896. This item most likely was purchased after that period. This Ames Short Sword (note: no markings on sword) only located via research and my research library. This early Ames Short Sword and original leather scabbard with iron interior is complete and untouched as found, not cleaned or polished.
The Ceremonial Sword is complete and as found. As pictures show the blade is in very good condition, a few nicks as would be expected. Some patina is present on the brass of the scabbard and hilt as photos show. The Scabbard does have a couple of small Knicks where the leather has been flaked off through usage and remaining is the metal interior of the leather scabbard as noted above and as photos show. There does not appear to be pitting on the blade. The total length of the Short Sword from top of hilt to bottom of drag is 27 inches, the blade is 19 3/4 inches in length. A few very light nicks on the blade, no evidence of sharpening. The point or tip is in place on scabbard as photos show. I have placed a couple of pictures from Hamiltons Ames Book in ad, (Book Not in sale, Reference only). Photos have been taken in direct sunlight and indoors with different backgrounds to show this Wonderful Scarce Ames Short Sword.
Below I have added additional pictures and information on the I.O.O.F “INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS” >
History of the Odd Fellows (IOOF)
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is a non-political and non-sectarian international fraternal order of Odd Fellowship. It was founded in 1819 by Thomas Wildey in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Evolving from the Order of Odd Fellows founded in England during the 1700s, the IOOF was originally chartered by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Manchester Unity in England but has operated as an independent organization since 1842, although it maintains an inter-fraternal relationship with the English Order. The order is also known as the Triple Link Fraternity, referring to the order's "Triple Links" symbol, alluding to its motto "Friendship, Love and Truth".
While several unofficial Odd Fellows lodges had existed in New York City circa 1806-1818, because of its charter relationship, the American Odd Fellows is regarded as being founded with Washington Lodge No 1 in Baltimore at the Seven Stars Tavern on April 26, 1819, by Thomas Wildey along with some associates who assembled in response to an advertisement in the New Republic. The following year, the lodge affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Manchester Unity and was granted the authority to institute new lodges. Previously, Wildey had joined the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows (1798-) in 1804 but followed through with the split of Independent Order of Odd Fellows Manchester Unity (1810-) before immigrating to the United States in 1817.
In 1842, after an elementary dispute on authority, the American Lodges formed a governing system separate from the English Order, and in 1843 assumed the name Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows became the first fraternity in the United States to include both men and women when it adopted the "Beautiful Rebekah Degree" on September 20, 1851, by initiative of Schuyler Colfax, later Vice-President of the United States.
Beyond fraternal and recreational activities, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows promotes the ethic of reciprocity and charity, by implied inspiration of Judeo-Christian ethics. The largest Sovereign Grand Lodge of all fraternal orders of Odd Fellows since the 19th century, it enrolls some 600,000 members divided in approximately 10,000 lodges in 26 countries, inter-fraternally recognized by the second largest, the British-seated Independent Order of Odd Fellows Manchester Unity.
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