DEGREE TM SWORD W/SCABBARD & HANGER I.O.O.F. ODD FELLOWS S. ROYALTON LODGE 74 VT For Sale
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DEGREE TM SWORD W/SCABBARD & HANGER 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 “ INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS” Lodge 74 in South Royalton, Vermont of which this item is one of those Rare items which is described below
ORIGINAL I.O.O.F DEGREE TEAM CEREMONIAL ROMAN-PATTERN AMES MFG. CO. CHICOPEE, MASS SHORT SWORD WITH SCABBARD AND SWORD SASH (HANGER) - FROM SOUTH ROYALSTON LODGE 74 VERMONT
This Short Sword is noted in the American Fraternal Sword by Hamilton, Marino and Kaplan on page 85 with the following notation “KM177 I.O.O.F. DEGREE TEAM ROMAN -PATTER AMES MFG.CO., CHICOPEE. BLADE & SCABBARD FROM A M1870 CONTRACT BAYONET” (NOTE: Pictures of this book in Ad “NOT IN sale” for- reference only). The KM in the description title in book notes individual examples from the Author’s Kaplan and Marino collections.
In the book The American Bayonet 1776 - 1964 by Albert N. Hardin Jr. pages 100 - 101 section 75 U. S. Navy Rifle, Model 1870 Bayonet Type NO. II is the exact description of the blade and scabbard of this I.O.O.F Ceremonial Sword. A straight blade is 20 1/8 inches long, 1 5/32 wide, 5/16 inches thick at hilt base. It is symmetrical from ricasso to spear point and has a 14 inch unstopped fuller centered in its width, which begins 5 ½ inches from the point. Both the edge and back are uniformly sharpened for 17 ¾ inches. In this book the obverse ricasso is vertically stamped “AMES MFG CO. ‘ CHICOPEE / MASS and the reverse ricasso is vertically stamped “U.S.N.” / “G.G.S.” / “1870”. There are NO STAMPINGS ON THIS I.O.O.F. Fraternal/Ceremonial Sword.
I have included in the photos a picture of the following to explain the reason why the Frog Stud on the Scabbard has been Modified from its original design. It was modified to facilitate the usage of the I.O.O.F Sword Frog Sash with plate to fit over the Frog stud on the scabbard as seen in the photos. This type Sash and Frog attachment appears to be quite rare. This item for sale was Utilized as a Ceremonial sword “DEGREE TEAMS” 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 as noted above. This early Ames Short Sword and original leather scabbard is complete and untouched as found, not cleaned or polished. I simply wiped of the finger prints on the sword blade. A few old age spots are present on the blade as photo’s may show. They are very light. Other then that it’s in beautiful condition as photos show.
The Ceremonial Sword with sword hanger is complete and as found. As pictures show the blade is in very good condition. Some patina is present on the brass of the scabbard and hilt as photos show. The total length of the Short Sword from top of hilt to bottom of drag is 29 3/8 inches, the blade is 20 1/8 inches in length. No evidence of sharpening. The point or tip is in place as photos show. I have placed a couple of pictures from Hamiltons “The American Fraternal Sword and a Sword Hanger Sash, both are not in the sale as noted above for 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” AND “THE DEGREE TEAMS”
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.
For almost all organizations, a Degree Team consists of members trained to present a candidate with the moral lessons of a degree, in a theatrical manner, sometimes with the candidate blindfolded. This have been referred to as a system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. The degree may be performed by team members in costume appropriate to the setting of the lesson (biblical, historical, etc.) The candidate may be passive witness or may be required to take an active role. There may be different teams for different degrees. The acting out of the ritual invariably requires rote memorization of the words, which must not vary. Masonic ritual, with its archaic phrases, is now over 300 yeas old. The degree team awards nothing, it only presents. The master of the Lodge, or whatever he or she is call, certifies the candidate as having passed the initiation. This is recorded and certificates are awarded through each organization’s administrative system.
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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