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4 Banners, Independent Order of Odd Fellows
1880-1940 (likely)
Maker not marked
USA (likely)
Silk, cotton, wood, bullion, metal, paint
34-1/2"h x 25-1/2"w x 1-1/4"d
Gift of James J. Bennette
2017.034.4a-d

4 Banners, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. a: OBVERSE: Red silk banner is rectangular with pointed bottom edge. On it are painted four images: at top, an upright gold sword with scales hanging off either end of hilt; at middle PR, an open Holy Bible sitting on a pink cloud with gold rays above; at middle PL, an hourglass with wings on either side; and at bottom, a coffin under a weeping willow. Banner trimmed around all sides with gold-colored, textured metallic ribbon. At top of banner, four loops of gold-colored metallic ribbon attach fabric to varnished wooden rod for hanging. Grey-colored metal finials at either end of rod. Frayed red string is tied to either end of rod; string outside of o-rings is twisted with a fluffy texture and tied into bows. Red ribbon tied into bow at center of rod. Bottom edge of banner trimmed with gold bullion and features tassels at center and outside ends. a: REVERSE: Lining of plain red cotton. b: OBVERSE: Off-white silk banner is rectangular with pointed bottom edge. On it are painted four images: at top, an all-seeing eye in pink with gold and blue radiating rays surrounding; at middle PR, the IOOF three-link chain in gold with blue accents; at middle PL, a skull and crossbones in gold with blue accents; and at bottom, a scythe in gold with blue accents. Banner trimmed around all sides with gold-colored, textured metallic ribbon. At top of banner, four loops of gold-colored metallic ribbon attach fabric to varnished wooden rod for hanging. Grey-colored metal finials at either end of rod. Frayed off-white cotton string, with a loop tied in the center, is tied to either end of rod and secured via gold-colored metal o-rings; string outside of o-rings is twisted with a fluffy texture and tied into bows. Bottom edge of banner trimmed with gold bullion and features tassels at outside ends. b: REVERSE: Lining of plain off-white cotton. c: OBVERSE: Light green silk banner is rectangular with pointed bottom edge. On it are painted five images: at top PR a gold chisel; at top PL, a gold hand with a red heart in its palm; at middle, a gold globe sitting on pink clouds with blue accents; at bottom PR, two angels touching the Arc of the Covenant, in gold, with pink cloud underneath; at bottom PL, the Rod of Asclepius (serpent and staff) in gold. Banner trimmed around all sides with gold-colored, textured metallic ribbon. At top of banner, four loops of gold-colored metallic ribbon attach fabric to varnished wooden rod for hanging. Grey-colored metal finials at either end of rod. Frayed light green cotton string (broken) is tied to either end of rod, as well as string with a fluffy texture, tied into bows running through gold-colored metal o-rings screwed into rod. Light green ribbon tied into bow at center of rod. Bottom edge of banner trimmed with gold bullion and features tassels at center and outside ends. c: REVERSE: Lining of plain off-white cotton. d: OBVERSE: Pink silk banner is rectangular with pointed bottom edge. On it are painted three images: at top, a bow with three arrows crossed over it, in gold with mauve accents; at middle, a gold quiver with bows and red and blue ribbons tied to it; and at bottom, a gold bundle of sticks tied with a purple ribbon and red accents underneath. Banner trimmed around all sides with gold-colored, textured metallic ribbon. At top of banner, four loops of gold-colored metallic ribbon attach fabric to varnished wooden pole for hanging. Grey-colored metal finials at either end of pole. Frayed light pink cotton string (broken) is tied to either end of pole, as well as pink string with a fluffy texture, tied into bows running through gold-colored metal o-rings screwed into rod. Bottom edge of banner trimmed with gold bullion and features tassels at center and PR end. d: REVERSE: Lining of plain light pink cotton.



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