Fratelli Coppini Saint on Knights of The Maccabees Ribbon Sash Medal MEGARARE!




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Fratelli Coppini Saint on Knights of The Maccabees Ribbon Sash Medal MEGARARE!:
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Wow! An incredible piece of Religious and Fraternal Order History, an original 4 1/2" Knights of the Tented Maccabees Medal with Suspended pendant of Saint Eleazar. Saint Eleazar was one of the original seven martyrs of the Maccabees. Eleazar was a Jewish man whose story is portrayed in 2 Maccabees 6. Verse 18 describes him as "one of the leading teachers of the law," and "of distinguished bearing." We learn from verse 24 that he was ninety at the time of his death. Under a persecution instigated by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, Eleazar was forced to open his mouth and eat pork, but he spat it out and submitted to flogging.[2] He was then privately permitted to eat meat that he could pretend was pork, but he refused and was flogged to death. The narrator relates that in his death he left "a heroic example and a glorious memory," (verse 31).Along with the woman with seven sons depicted in the following chapter, Eleazar, although not actually a Maccabee, is celebrated as one of the "Holy Maccabean Martyrs" by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Their feast day is August 1.The Knights of the Maccabees was founded in London, Ontario by members of the Order of the Foresters. They based their name, ceremonies and rituals on the Maccabees, a group of Jewish rebels against the Seleucid Empire whose exploits are described in the Books of the Maccabees, considered part of the Biblical canon by Catholics, but included in the Apocrypha by Protestants. The first convention was held on August 7, 1878.[2][3]The group grew rapidly in Canada and several US States, reaching 10,000 members by 1880. The organization was not on an actuarially sound basis - no medical exams were required of new members, and assessments of death was 10 cents for each member. As death claims began piling up, the organizations expenses began to outweigh its income. A group of business men in Michigan, where the order had a number of members, endeavored to put the Maccabees on a sound financial basis. To this end a "grand review" was held in Buffalo, New York in 1880 to reorganize the society, drawing up a new constitution and laws. Major N. S. Boynton was elected the new Supreme Lieutenant Commander. This created a brief schism with the Canadian group seceding under a man named McLaughlin. In 1881 a meeting of the two factions representatives met at Port Huron, Michigan, and they agreed to reconcile their differences. A committee was appointed, chaired by Boynton, to draft a new constitution acceptable to both factions, and this was agreed to in February 1881.[4]Under the new constitution, Great Camps could be formed in states or provinces with more than 1,000 members and the Supreme Tent (overall organization) operated the beneficiary aspect of the organization. The Great Camp of Michigan was incorporated in that state on June 11, 1881, which was considered the foundation date of the reorganized order. Organizational stability remained elusive. At the Supreme Tent in July 1881 the Michigan delegates obtained an amendment to allow individual Great Camps to establish their own beneficiary programs, anticipating that the national organization would become defunct. By 1882, the order had indeed become dormant outside of Michigan, and Boynton became Great Record Keeper and then Great Commander of the state. The Supreme Tent was then revived, again, in September 1883.[5]In 1914 the organization changed its name from the Knights of the Maccabees to simply The Maccabees.[6] Note that photos are taken with and without flash to provide buyers with best choices. This is part of a larger Southern California fine art collection that has been intact for 45 years. Feel Free To Make An Offer At Any Time and for Any Amount if you are interested for any and all of my items. Ask any questions and look at pictures before offerding. I will pack this safely and ship priority in US and first class for international unless winning buyer requests upgrade. Thank You and Good Luck! If you win this item, please leave all fives on positive response. Anything less, even 4, hurts the seller. Thank You Again.

Fratelli Coppini Saint on Knights of The Maccabees Ribbon Sash Medal MEGARARE!:
$162.25

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