Antique 1882 MC Lilley & Co IOOF Odd Fellows Sword

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 24, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

THIS IS A RELIST ITEM - THIS WILL BE THE LAST TIME ITEM IS LISTED

From 1865 to 1882* MC Lilley & Co. used this mark on their "secret society" swords. It is our understanding that in 1881 The Order of Odd Fellows created the degree of Patriarchale Circle**. In 1884 it was banned by The Sovereign Grand Lodge, and was replaced by The Patriarchs Militant. This sword was only made for a total of 2 years by, MC Lilley & Co.

Sword measures 33.5" in length. It is marked R.A. Brown (engraved on blade). It has the symbol of the sun etched into the blade. It also has tents, armed guards? The Patriarchale Circle is engraved within a band incircling a globe on the pommel of the sword. Handle could be tightened, but we will leave that to the new owner. Painted wooden handle. Scabbard is missing.

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*The founder Mitchell C. Lilley was born in 1819 in Columbus Ohio and died in 1882. Served in the Mexican War (1847-1848) and the Civil War (1861-1862). He was a bookbinder and publisher and published Masonic and Odd Fellows books. In 1865 started the M. C. LILLEY & CO which produced regalia and swords. This included society swords, US regulation swords (Model 1872 cavalry officers swords), and theatrical swords. Upon his death in 1882, the name was changed to THE M. C. LILLEY & CO and
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