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Antique 1882 MC Lilley & Co IOOF Odd Fellows Sword
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Antique 1882 MC Lilley & Co IOOF Odd Fellows Sword

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Sold Date: 06/24/2008
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay



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 his long time partner Charles H. Lindenburg became president.

**"The Patriarchs Militant, a uniformed degree of the order, came into
existence in 1884. For many years the desire for greater display had been
manifest throughout the order , although the more conservative element had
opposed it. A resolution was adopted at the annual convention in 1874
delegating to grand encampments the power to permit encampment members who
had taken the Royal Purple degree to wear a uniform for street parades. The
wearing of the uniform was optional with the members. The agitation was
continued until 1880, when the Sovereign Grand Lodge finally refused to
permit the organization of regular uniformed encampments. This refusal
resulted in the establishment, a year later, of the Patriarchal Circle, a
body composed of Odd Fellows who had taken the Royal Purple degree. This
body was independent of the Sovereign Grand Lodge and conferred its own
degrees. The local organizations were known as "Temples." The movement
spread, and the danger of a schism impelled the Sovereign Grand Lodge in
1884 to yield to the demand for a recognized military degree. The Patriarchs
Militant were then organized and the new military degree was approved."

Condition is good for the age. This is an antique, so it shows appropriate wear for the age.

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