USA WISCONSIN fraternal medal (1900s-20s?)


USA, WISCONSIN, fraternal medal, no date (1900s-20s?) Knights of Pythias 16th Session Supreme Lodge Milwaukee, WIS. 1890, enameled zinc with brass center, bronze ribbon hanger, 50mm, spot, VF

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The Knights of Pythias was a fraternal organization founded in 1864, the first to be chartered by the US Congress. It was and is a non-sectarian but religious based group that requires a belief in a Supreme Being for membership. It engages in charitable endeavors.

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.