[1870s-1950s]. Various sizes, many up to 9" long. Various colors and materials, many with gilt lettering, gilt fringe and enamel buttons or pins [most enamel decorated in color]. Several ribbons have a matching "In Memoriam" black ribbon attached to the back for wear while attending funerals. Most ribbons show light wear and age toning, occasional small tears or minor fraying, gilt discolored. A ribbon of the Union Des Franco Americains has several small tears and one tear that almost severs it in half. Some have small manufacturer tags attached: Whitehead & Hoag, Newark, NJ; Frank De Caro, New York; and A.R. Lopez & Bros., Boston. Overall, Very Good.
Highlights of this visually pleasing lot include: Ligue du Sacre-Coeur Eglise St. Jacques, Danielson, Conn.; Delegue, 27 Eme Convention Union Des Franco Americains Du Connecticut, 25-26 Oct. 1926, Hartford, Conn.; Treasurer, Viking Lodge, No. 108, Order of Vasa, Portland, ME [Order of the Viking]; Syracuse Handwerker Dereiu Gegrundet A.M. 20 April 1875; Branche No. 1, Club Des Francs Tireurs, New Bedford, Mass. [Club of the French Sharpshooters]; Branche No. 3, Club Des Francs Tireurs, Barrowsville, Mass.; Italian American Quarrymen Association Union Branch No. 1, Hulberton, NY; Delegue Jubile D'Or, Boston Mass, Mai 1950, L'Union St. Jean-Baptiste D'Amerique; Germania Industrial and Mutual Assistance Association, Utica, N.Y.; Societa' Pisciottana Americo Vespucci, Fond. IL 26, Ott. 1910, Amsterdam, N.Y.; Consiglieri, Russian Orthodox Brotherhood No. 16, SS. Cyril and Methodius, ROCMA Society, Catasauqua, PA.. org. 1895 [Russian Orthodox Catholic Mutual Aid Society]; Cercle Secours Mutuel, No. 640, C. of the F. of A., Manchaug, Mass. [Companions of the Forest of America ]; F.R. Lemieux, Danielson, Conn., Deligue Seiziema Congres, Worcester, Mass., may 13-14-15, 1946; Italo -Swiss Cooks & Pastry Cooks Assoc'n, Floor Committee; Tow. Br. Pomogy Sw. Michata Archaniola Zat. D. 22, Maja r. 1904, W. Ludlow, Mass. Archangel St. Michael; and Union Picnico, O.S.C., Labor Day, Sept. 2, 1912.
The Companions of the Forest of America was a women's auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Foresters organized in 1883. The O.S.C. was the Order of Scottish Clans which was founded in 1912. The annual picnic in 1912 took place at the Caledonian Grove in Boston, with a highlight being the presentation of a watch fob and gold medal to Past Royal Chief Walter Scott. Scott lived in New York and was an honorary police commissioner in the late 1890s. The Franco-American Union of Connecticut was one of the first groups to protest the proclamation of Gov. Marcus H. Holcomb, passed April 25, 1918, requiring the exclusivity of the English language in public and private schools. The Club of the French Sharpshooters was one of the oldest French Canadian benevolent and fraternal organizations in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It was organized in 1892 and was an active organization for many years before disbanding in 1970. Item #27170