The Order of Knights of Pythias, a great international, non-sectarian fraternity, founded in Washington, DC, by Justus H. Rathbone, in 1864, became the first fraternal organization to receive a charter under an act of the Congress of the United States after careful investigation by then-President Abraham Lincoln. The primary focus of the order is to promote friendship, to help people, and their most supported charity is the American Cancer Society.
This antique medal shaped pendant or watch fob is made of 14 karat gold, with a knight's helmet at the bale, a skull and crossbones with red stone eyes, and bright red, blue and yellow enameling that back the letters F, C and B, which stand for Friendship, Charity and Benevolence. On top of the helmet is a fierce birdlike creature with outspread wings. The reverse is inscribed with the initials S, M, T and the number 5 with the date of 1906. A great piece for any collector, it would be wonderful worn on a chain, layered with other pendants to create a statement "neck mess"!
Dimensions: 39mm x 21mm
Weight: 6.5 grams
Materials: Gold, red, blue & yellow enamel, red stone
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Marks: Inscribed with initials S, M, T & 5, 1906
Condition: Excellent antique condition