09/23/2013 02:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Country Living Appraises Late-19th-And Early-20th Century Odd Fellows Banners (PHOTO)

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Late-19th-And Early-20th Century Odd Fellows Banners

Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.


Your silk flags once decorated a lodge belonging to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, an international fraternal organization established in England during the 1740s. While it's impossible to say who made either banner, machine embroidery on the blue-gray one suggests that it was fabricated between 1915 and 1930; the cream-colored pennant is hand-painted, hinting at a date closer to the 1880s or '90s. The imagery on both symbolizes universal values and experiences: For example, the heart on an outstretched palm stands for charity; the three entwined gold links represent friendship, love and truth; and the skull and crossbones connotes mortality. Still in good condition, your tasseled pair earns a respectable estimate.

What's It Worth: $300 each

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