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  1. http://ukcollectables.homestead.com/fraternal.html Item 4... Nice Royal Arch Chapter 1st Principles jewel and a very nice inscription.
  2. Sippers and Gulpers Sometimes a mess of RN ratings would 'pool' their rum ration into one large drinking vessel which would be passed round for each to take a sip or gulp (that being decided at the start of the round) Also the rum ration was often used as a kind of currency among the ratings and a sip or gulp from one's ration recognised as payment for deals or favours.
  3. If you only have one of these you are looking for a one armed 32? - Master of the Royal Secret - Scottish Rite
  4. Hi Gilbert...I can't thank you enough, popped in his serial number and there he was, 29th June 1944. He is coming round at the weekend, I will scan the medals and add to post.
  5. Months ago a friend mentioned he had his Fathers medals (in the attic somewhere) one of them being the MM which he thinks was awarded in Italy WWll. He let me have a look at them to-day, all rattling around in an old cardboard box where they have been for 50 years, this is the inscription on the edge of the MM: S. SJT. A. HANDLEY 4745742 Y and L R Other than his Dad, who died in the 1960's, won it in Italy and he was in the York and Lancaster Regiment he has no idea how or when it was awarded. This is way outside my field of interest (Masonic Jewels) and wouldn't have a clue, but I was hop
  6. I'm not dismissing your KT theory, but The KT 'firing' you refer to are usually only about 3ins in length, others smaller fitting into a scabbard on a tie pin. All that I have seen are quite ornate and of a high quality. Also I have never seen these emblems within KT, but there are many 'knight' fraternities and it could be one of those, again I would expect the quality to be high and ornate, especially the blade.
  7. These look very similar to your Picture albeit they appear of finer quality here There are also some in the 'German Swords & Daggers' section of this forum
  8. Maybe?-- this is the description of their sword Ancient Order of United Workmen (AOUW) The AOUW was founded in 1868 as a fraternal beneficiary society. It was dissolved in 1952 but some remnants of the order were active up until 1989. Cruciform hilt, crapping eagle pommel, AOUW on blade and scabbard, skeletal hand on scabbard Symbology and lettering: Anchor Skeletel Hand Bible "AOUW" lettering
  9. American Freemasons "Knights of Malta" Cross To be exact these are the jewel of a member knight of the "Order of Malta". This particular Order is one of the three bestowed on members of the Commandery of Knights Templar which is one of the four bodies that compose the York Rite of Freemasonry. This jewel is quite typical of those given to the newly inducted. The eagle bearing an olive branch and arrows in its claws surmounted by the "E. Pluribus Unum" motto is present due to the tradition of including the seal/symbol of the country in which the member was inducted in the center of the cross.
  10. International Order of the Rainbow for Girls: The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG) is a youth service organization which teaches leadership training through community service. Girls (ages 11-21) learn about the value of charity and service through their work and involvement with their annual local and Grand (state or country) service projects. The order was created in 1922 when the Reverend W. Mark Sexson was asked to make an address before South McAlester Chapter #149, Order of the Eastern Star, in McAlester, Oklahoma. As the Order of DeMolay had come under his close stu
  11. I'm not familiar with this jewel. But a couple of observations. The 'cuffs' and clasped hands look to me to be ladies, also the lettering - ROYGBIV - are the colours of the rainbow - I have a suspicion it is something to do with the 'International Order of the Rainbow Girls' More certain now that I have looked at their motif : [attachmentid=58146]
  12. Have you tried a Google with.... field marshal william edmund ironside medals
  13. Silver London 1926 Price - not much, a few pounds maybe
  14. KOM...Knight of Merit....3rd degree of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes...each founding member would have received on of these, maybe only 15 to 25 were issued.
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