USA Knights of Pythias fraternal badge 1906


USA, fraternal badge, 1906, arms, WM. MCKINLEY LODGE No. 101, K of P. ROLL CALL 1906, with ribbon, by Whitehead & Hoag, Newark, NJ, pinback, painted steel, 32mm, XF

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William McKinley was a member of several fraternal organizations, including the Knights of Pythias. He is considered a Martyr by the organization. There is currently a lodge #101 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Knights of Pythias is an international non-sectarian fraternal order founded in 1864 in Washington, DC. It was the first such organization to receive a Congressional charter, It supports charitable and benevolent activites through it’s local lodges.

Medals, awards, decoration, insignia, documents, equipment, of military, police, private, and irregular military style organizations. We sometimes sell small weapons but we do not sell working firearms. If a thing happens to be military but is hundreds of years old I stop thinking of it as a military thing and start thinking of it as a relic or an antiquity. I suppose that means that “militaria” really starts around the middle of the 19th century or so, when uniforms became normal. Does that seem right to you?

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.