This beautiful old medallion badge belonged to a DELEGATE of the Fraternal Order of Eagles F.O.E. The event was held in Rochester N.Y. from June 19 - 21, 1911.
The top of the badge is a figural key that's embossed NEW YORK STATE AERIE - 25. Also embossed...Truth, Equality, Liberty, Justice. (Seems the group had a problem with the 'Equality' part of it as it wasn't till 2007 that membership was open to ALL of good character.)
The 'lock' medallion is enameled in red, white and blue letters with a fine eagle logo. The enamel is on solid brass.
The badge measures 2 1/4 inches across by 4 3/8 inches long. The key has its original ~C~ clasp. Badge was made by Bastian Bros. of Rochester N.Y.
The brass has some age-related verdigris (that green gunk on the brass). It will come off but we leave it to the buyer to decide on the patina.
Overall, the badge is very solid...no fraying on the ribbon, no loss to the enamel. This is a rare early FOE piece in very good antique condition.
Brief history - Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) is an international fraternal organization that was founded on February 6, 1898 in Seattle, Washington by a group of six theater owners including John Cort (the first president), brothers John W. and Tim J. Considine, Harry (H.L.) Leavitt (who later joined the Loyal Order of Moose), Mose Goldsmith and Arthur Williams. Originally made up of those engaged in one way or another in the performing arts, the Eagles grew and claimed credit for establishing the Mother's Day holiday in the United States as well as the "impetus for Social Security" in the United States. Their lodges are known as "aeries."People helping people" is a statement that guides the charitable actions of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and has led the Eagles to donate more millions annually.
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Ornate F.O.E. Fraternal Order of Eagles 1911 Delegate Medal Ribbon Enameled