Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Oddfellows Society...

Oddfellows carved and gilded heart in hand staff finial, late 19th c.

Besides just loving the names, the Oddfellows and Freemasons Societies have always been a great mystery to many. These societies were forced to go underground in the 18th and 19th centuries as people started to fear them, and so they came up with secret codes, handshakes, and other mechanisms to keep the societies going.The artifacts that they have left us from that time, are strikingly beautiful and mysterious. This piece of surviving artwork is perfect for a VERY special Valentines day gift, don't you think?

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