CIVIL WAR DESIGN SWORD W/SCABBARD I.O.O.F. ODD FELLOWS S. ROYALTON LODGE 74 VT. For Sale
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CIVIL WAR DESIGN SWORD W/SCABBARD 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 CIVIL WAR DESIGN MILITIA OFFICERS SWORD WITH SCABBARD - I.O.O.F LODGE CEREMONIAL FRATERNAL SWORD - FROM SOUTH ROYALTON LODGE 74 VERMONT
As noted above offered for sale is an Antique and quite Rate Fraternal Ceremonial Sword. I believe manufacture in the late-19th Century. This sword follows the pattern of Civil War-era “militia” type swords in particular to the design of the M1860 Staff Officers Sword and Scabbard. They were lighter were not exactly made for fighting they were relegated after the war to a “Lower less important position” to use by many fraternal organizations.
The sword is in very good condition. Some oxidation or patina on blade and not pitting as far as I can tell. The blade has not been cleaned. The length sword from pommel to drag is 35 ½ inches, length of blade 28 ¼ inches. The brass pommel is wrapped in braided wire as photo shows. The pommel bears an eagle on one side and the other side has a shield shape. The scabbard drag has a (STAR) on one side and crossed (FLAGS) on the other side. The Sword is without makers trademarks. The Sword and Scabbard offered for sale was 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 early Civil War ERA Militia officers Sword and original metal scabbard 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, some patina or oxidation present on blade as would be expected. Some patina is present on the brass of the scabbard and hilt as photos show. The Scabbard does have Knicks where the paint has been flaked off through usage showing the metal scabbard. One side of the scabbard has minimal scratches and the other side has a number places where the paint has flaked off due to usage when carrying it exposed during a ceremony. No real scrapes on the inside next to the Odd Fellows Member caring the sword. There does not appear to be pitting on the blade. A few very light nicks on the blade, no evidence of sharpening. The point or tip is in place as photos show. Photos have been taken in direct sunlight and indoors with different backgrounds to show this Wonderful Scarce Civil War ERA Officers Militia I.O.O.F Cermonial 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. In 1907 there were 1,330,000 members of the Odd fellows, Independent Order of. Also at that time period there were 1,220,000 members of the Freemasons, 750,000 members of the Knights of Pythias.
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