This fascinating vintage pendant depicts the insignia of the secret society, the Knights of Pythias, and features beautiful details enamel and gold-plated details.
As you can see, the pendant features a tri-color enamel crest at the center which features the letters "F", "C", and "B" in blue, yellow and red, respectively.
These three letters stand for the Pythian motto of "Friendship, Charity, and Benevolence".
This is the insignia of the Knights of Pythias, a secret fraternal society founded in Washington, D.C. in 1864.
The fraternity was founded by composer Justus Rathbone, who was inspired by the centuries-old legend of Damon and Pythias.
Other notable members of the Knights of Pythias include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding and Louis Armstrong.
As you can see, two swords cross over the tri-colored insignia while a knight's helmet is pictured on top.
As is tradition, a Bald Eagle is shown sitting on top of the knight.
The obverse side of the pendant shows a single sword lying across an open book.
This is the secret society's "Book of Law" under which new initiates are sworn in.
Other foliate scrolling accents surround the emblem, giving it an elegant, traditional look.
The piece is plated with richly-oxidized 9 karat gold.
It has been professionally tested to ensure the purity of the gold.
Finally, a small loop on top of the pendant will give the buyer a number of options for wearing and displaying.
The pendant shows some age-expected wear, including darkening, a few light surface scratches, and a spot of solder at the center of the tri-colored emblem (likely where the traditional skull-and-crossbones may once have been).
However, this unusual pendant remains in good vintage condition overall.
Measurements: Pendant is 1" tall, 3/4" wide and 1/8" thick Weight: 4.4 grams (0.16 oz)