Improved Order of the Red Man Keeper of the Wampum badge for the Ta-Ma-Qua lodge number 396 in Tioga Center, N.Y. The organization was founded in 1813 in Ft. Mifflin in Philadelphia and came about through regrouping of other lodges. The local lodges are formed into "Tribes" presided over by a "Sachem" and they held meetings in "Wigwams". This badge is from a member of tribe 396 and was issued to him as the "Keeper of Wampum" or the treasurer.
There is an image of a Native American on a celluloid button in the center of the ribbon and topped by crossed American flags. The celluloid button measures 1 1/2 inches. The crossed ribbons are about 2" long. On the top of the ribbon are the words Keeper Of Wampum written on celluloid. There is wire fringe which measures 1 1/2". The overall length of the ribbon is 9" long and makes an impressive presentation. As I understand this ribbon may have been worn in parades or for memorial services as can be seen by the back of the ribbon which is a somber black color.
This ribbon dates from the early 20th century and is almost perfect condition. The gilt metal has slight patina which would be expected but there is no fraying of the ribbon or soiling. The celluloid parts are totally intact. Made by Whitehead & Hoag and bears that label on the interior of the ribbon.