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Badge/ pin

Badge/ pin
Title
Badge/ pin
Date 
1910-1930
Medium 
Metal, celluloid, enamel
Dimensions 
2 5/8 x 1/2 x 1/4 in.; 3/4 x 7/8 x 1/8 in.
Description 
Two gold colored metal Shriners' pins. The first is a long collar or scarf pin, with a white enameled crescent moon crossed by a curved scimitar sword, a red five-pointed star and a blue banner marked "ACCA" at the top. The second pin is a tiny gold colored metal scimitar pin bar with yellow celluloid ram's horns suspended from a gold sleeve embossed with a pharoah's head and pyramid. A five-pointed star dangles between the curved ram's horns. This quasi-Egyptian and Arabic symbolism is representative of the Acca Temples of America also known as the Shriner's, notable for their red fez hats, miniature car parades and most significantly, philanthropic maintenance of hospitals for ill and disabled children.
Credit Line 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Object Number 
2002.1.3310
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group