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Fraternal Jewels with Crescent Moon, Star and Clouds
1870-1930
Maker not marked
metal
Museum Purchase
2006.010a-e

Set of five white metal fraternal jewels. Each has a silver-tone pin at top with a vertical pin back. The front of the pin is an openwork crescent moon next to a five-point star, both resting on clouds. Below these elements is an open rectangle where a ribbon could be inserted. A has a pendant shaped like a harp with a winged body along the side and top. B has a pendant of crossed gavels. C has a pendant shaped like a pair of scales. D has a pendant shaped like an open book (probably the Holy Bible). E has a pendant shaped like a lantern; in the center is a clear glass ball.


Fraternal organizations often use jewels like these to signify the group's officers. The identity of the group that originally used these in not known.