This is a Matched Pair of Knights of Pythias Belt Buckle Slide Sword Hangers.
These were worn on the belt of a Knights of Pythias uniform. A chain was attached to the bottom loop of each slide and the other end was attached to the sword scabbard. They were placed far enough apart on the belt to allow the sword to hang between them and remain vertical. They appear to be nickel and we date them to the late Victorian era, probably circa 1900.
The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization founded in 1864 and they are "dedicated to the cause of universal peace", according to their website. The K and P stand for Knights of Pythias and the FCB stands for Friendship, Charity and Benevolence.
They are not marked by the maker and measure about 2 ¼" tall and 1 ¼" across the widest part. The belt loop has an opening of about 1 5/8".
Condition: one buckle has lost the right side sword tip pointing right from the center of the slide; the loops on the back are squashed down; they show some wear and tear. They are `as found' because we didn't want to destroy the patina of time.
This is a handsome set and not a commonly seen item. They are sure to bring a smile to the face of those who collect Fraternal Organization memorabilia as well as a member or past member of the Knights of Pythias.
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