It pays to belong to the Knights of the Maccabees. They give you nice medals.
This gold-filled fancy three-part medal is circa 1920s. It belonged to a PAST COMMANDER whose name is engraved at the banner top...Joseph Shelley. The following two parts include enameled symbols of THE MACCABEES...a knight and a tent...and some raised insects, probably bees.
The medal measures 1 3/4 by 2 3/4 inches. The back has a secure rollover clasp. The goldtone is bright. The enamel is intact.
A bit of history...The Knights of the Maccabees was founded in London, Ontario by members of the Order of the Foresters. They based their name, ceremonies and rituals on the Maccabees, a group of Jewish rebels against the Seleucid Empire whose exploits are described in the Books of the Maccabees, considered part of the Biblical canon by Catholics, but included in the Apocrypha by Protestants. The first convention was held on August 7, 1878. The group grew rapidly in Canada and several US States, reaching 10,000 members by 1880.
Medal shows normal age-related wear on the back but is overall in excellent vintage condition.
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1920s Knights of the Maccabees Gold-Filled Medal - Past Commander