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R.A.O.B. - Jewels from the Middle East

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Gentlemen,

Whilst my main focus is upon the awards of the various Arab nations, whilst I lived in the Middle East I occasionally purchased RAOB jewels as being interesting tokens of British expats living and serving in the Middle East. I suspect that may were owned by ex-service personnel serving in one of the many British bases (usually RAF) now long since closed. Any that remain are where ex-service men are employed. During the current Covid-19 lock down I have had the opportunity to have a tidy up and it now appears that I have a nice representative collection. The quality varies from the excellent to not so good, but the variety of designs are most attractive.

Kind regards,

Owain  

RAOB Aden Dhofar Obverse.jpg

RAOB Aden Dhofar Reverse.jpg

RAOB Aden Obverse.jpg

RAOB Aden Reverse.jpg

Gentlemen,

I attach further images this time of Arabian Knights - originally based in Aden and now I believe in Saudi Arabia. Also from Egypt.

Owain

RAOB Arabian Knights Obverse.jpg

RAOB Arabian Knights Reverse.jpg

RAOB Egypt Obverse.jpg

RAOB Egypt Reverse.jpg

Gentlemen,

Now Iraq, Jordan & Palestine. Also Lawrence of Arabia (I think based in Saudi Arabia) and Scorpion - not sure where this was based.

Owain

RAOB Lawrence & Scorpion Obverse.jpg

RAOB Iraq Jordan Palestine Obverse.jpg

RAOB Iraq Jordan Palestine Reverse.jpg

RAOB Lawrence & Scorpion Reverse.jpg

Gentlemen,

And finally Lybia and Oman.

Regards,

Owain

RAOB Lybia Obverse.jpg

RAOB Lybia Reverse.jpg

RAOB Oman Obverse.jpg

RAOB Oman Reverse.jpg

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A very impressive collection indeed, sir!  And, 'Justice, Truth and Philanthropy' suggests more than just a drinking club for old soldiers.

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Peter, Gentlemen,

Another two - this time Bureika Lodge No. 9227 in Aden and non-specific medal for Egypt.

Regards,

Owain

 

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Hi Owain,

you post these very fine decorations and medals in the section "Masonic Medals & Jewels".

In my understanding the R.A.O.B. is not masonic. Am I wrong here?

"The RAOB organisation aids members, their families, dependents of former members and other charitable organisations."

"The Freemasonry strives to enhance himself and the society."

Using the same terms and definitions like "lodge" and "brother" does not make a RAOB member to be a Freemason. This is my opinion, and I apologize for my insufficient English.

Uwe

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Uwe, 

You are correct the RAOB is not part of the Freemasons. It is one of many organisations that could be classed as 'fraternal'. Various other posts on RAOB medals have been posted in this forum - also one on Schlaraffia 'medals', hence I posted these images here. If there is a more appropriate forum then this thread can be transferred. I will try and catalogue the ones I have.

Kind regards,

Owain

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Gentlemen,

And yet another two:

  • Egypt Pyramids Lodge 8673 - the map highlights Egypt and Aden which may infer that the Lodge owes its origins to a lodge in Aden.
  • Libya Karamanli Lodge 8940 - Karamanli was a state in what is now the area of Tripoli - the municipalty badge still has a three masted sailing ship.

Owain

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RAOB Egypt & Libya Reverse.jpg

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Gentlemen,

Some more - whilst searching the internet for something else I came across these images of RAOB jewels (blank reverses) - all sold some ten years ago from various vendors (mostly E-Bay) :

  • Trucial Oman - Aero Trucial Lodge No. 9147 - almost certainly based near/in the Royal Air Force base in Sharjah which is now one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates.
  • Bahrain - Bahrain Island Lodge No.99167 (the number is in Arabic) - there was British naval base at Muharraq in Bahrain. 
  • Egypt - a locally made piece, possibly of some age.
  • Iraq - Palm Tree Lodge No 6829 - based in Baghdad and dating from 1931.

Regards,

Owain

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RAOB Egypt Local A.jpg

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Gentlemen,

Another one from Libya - the OEA Lodge No.8821 - a silver gilt piece hallmarked London, 1963 - with ribbon in the then Kingdom of Libya national colours. OEA was the name of the ancient city which in due course became Tripoli.

Regards,

Owain

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Gentlemen,

Another selection this time from a Facebook link:

  1. A more recent jewel - Shamal Lodge No. 9948 Saudi Arabia - a shamal is a hot wind from the north - this RAOB Lodge is from one of the British Aerospace bases in Saudi Arabia - Dhahran in Eastern Province .
  2. An older piece - Khartoum Sudan - no lodge number - the central rider upon a camel is reminiscent of the Sudan Defence Force. From the post, The RAOB lodge jewel below is that of the Khartoum Temperance Lodge 6310 it later change its name in 1938 to the Blue Nile lodge 6310.its member were made up of RAF B Squadron sadly The Lodge closed around 1963"

Owain

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Gentlemen,

And some more from Facebook - these three all from Oman and are no doubt from the period when British servicemen were active in the Sultanate following the accession of Sultan Qaboos:

  1. Dhofar No. 9721 - see above also.
  2. Bob Hunt of Dhofar lodge No. 9721 - related to the above but who Bob Hunt was/is I do not know
  3. Andrew Grainger Lodge No. 9898 - based in Muscat -  I do not know who Andrew Grainger was/is.

Kind regards,

Owain

 

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Gentlemen,

And this time from Facebook a pair from El Firdan Lodge in Egypt - no image of the reverse - on the left the Lodge jewel and on the right a founder's jewel - I think, based on the style of the Founders jewel, that the pair date from early 1950's - probably before the 1952 Revolution. RAF El Firdan was based at Ismailia on the west bank of the Suez Canal.

Regards,

Owain

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Gentlemen,

Another Facebook selection of RAOB Oman/Saudi Lodge jewels - no reverse image and I don't know if they are all from the same person:

  1. Batinah Lodge No. 9898  - named after the Batinah coast north of Muscat the capital of Oman
  2. Dhofar Lodge No. 9721 - see earlier post.
  3. Andrew Grainger Lodge No. 9898 - same number as Batinah Lodge above. 
  4. Midway Lodge No. 10090 - see earlier post.
  5. Golden Gulf Lodge No. 9683 - from the design I would infer that the Lodge was based on a British Aerospace compound in Dharhan, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.

Kind regards,

Owain

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