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Knights of the Golden Eagle and Independent Order of Odd Fellows Watch Fob, Mt. Joy Lodge 277
1890-1900
Maker not marked
USA
Metal, enamel
overall: 4-1/2 (with chain) x 1"w x 1/8"d; 11.43 x 2.54 x .3175 cm
Gift of Edward A. Otting
2001.013

Knights of the Golden Eagle and Independent Order of Odd Fellows Watch Fob, Mt. Joy Lodge 277; cross shaped fob with enameled (red, blue and black) symbols (cross and crown, open Bible, skull, and shield bearing the letters F[idelity], V[alor], H[onor], on the arms, eagle with crossed swords in its claws in center; machine engraved in all caps on reverse "H.M.Buller/ FLT {rings}/ Mt. Joy/ Lodge 277".


This fob belonged to Howard M. Buller (1863-1910), who was a member of Knights of the Golden Eagle Union Castle No. 420 in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania in 1891. He was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Mt. Joy Lodge No. 277 in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. Around 1890, Buller was a blacksmith in Mount Joy. He later became the superintendent of the State Fish Hatchery at Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. The Knights of the Golden Eagle are a Christian semi-military beneficiary group for men based on the pageantry of the Crusaders and their motto is "Fidelity, Valor, and Honor." John E. Burbage formed the group in Baltimore around 1873. The Knights of the Golden Eagle provide relief for sick members, help with funerals, and care for widows and orphans.



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