Stock Ref: AST 1968

An unusual Fraternity or Society sword to the Patriarchs Militant  - Society of Odd Fellows in excellent condition - named.

71.5cm (28”) straight double edged diamond shaped blade with needle point. The blade is etched with a gilt finish for 2/3 of its length on both sides with scrolling foliate designs. On one side is the owners name Alex A Smith a lamb and a rampant lion and the makers name and on the other scrolling designs, a shield and heraldic devices.

Cast gilt metal heavily decorated cross guard with a central embossed crown with a sword and bishops mitre. Leather covered wooden grip with brass wire and a pommel in the design of a globe surmounted by a crown

Maker: Cincinnati Regalia Co. Cincinnati

Dated: 1900 -1920

Steel scabbard with higly decorated gilt brass fittings. The upper locket bearing a shield with a lamb and a lion and the motto Paxaut Bellum and two loose rings. The central locket with the initials PM and stylised designs, and the chape with stylised designs.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition. The sword blade is as new with only minor wear to the gilt on the blade. The etchings remain clear, and the steel remains flexible. The guard is in very good condition, and is firm on the tang. The leather grip has wear commensurate with use, the wire bindings are in very good condition. The scabbard is in excellent condition..

The Patriarchs Militant are the highest branch in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Formed in 1885, the Patriarchs Militant (PM) is Odd Fellowship’s uniformed branch. The name “Patriarchs Militant” conveys the two-fold idea of peace and soldierly valor. It is purely semi-military in its character, organized for chivalric display for local parades and honor guards and is admirably fulfilling its mission through the annual ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers’ ceremony held in Washington DC and Canada.

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