Genealogy Research: Complete List of Fraternal Organizations: A-L.

A complete listing of all secret society, fraternal organizations and fraternal orders with abbreviations; with slogans and mottoes. For ease in genealogy research and attributing exonumia with initials only. Complete list of acronyms and abbreviations of societies and fraternal groups that have issued some sort of exonumia..

This is Part ONE: Letters A to L.
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THANKS to Jerry Bass for all his help on this list. This is a complete listing of all known groups that have issued exonumia. If you find any exonumia with unlisted initials, please let me know. This is a fairly exhaustive listing, listing all those groups who issued exonumia items, but does not list all known 'Greek' societies.

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Further RESEARCH: If you are seeking additional information, see links at the bottom of the page on PART TWO, or send $20 to me in advance email to hartzog@exonumia.com , and I will research them further. I cannot guarantee any results, nor do I guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the reply. This is NOT my primary business and I am unable to do any research for free, sorry! Most of these groups no longer exist. For information and addresses of current groups, check with your local library for a book on fraternal organizations. Try: Gale's Acronyms and Initialisms Dictionary or Schmidt Fraternal Organizations.

 

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FRATERNAL SWORDS: Issuers preceded by an asterisk are known to have issued swords, and probably other exonumia. Imported swords were marked with the country of origin after 1893. Generic fraternal swords without initials could have been used by several different groups. See links at end of page two.

NOTE: This is a LIST of ALL KNOWN societies, fraternal groups and similar organizations, including many no longer politically correct. This list is mainly of those groups that issued exonumia: tokens, medals, buttons, badges, ribbons, etc. and does NOT list every single group in the world. See the links at the bottom of the second page for other sites that list many 'modern' groups. Sorry if you don't like some of the groups, but do not bother me about it, this is JUST a list, not a recommendation or approval of any group!

** I am marking these groups with a double star, to denote that exonumia is known from this group. If you have exonumia from any non-makred issuers, please advise.

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Listing of exonumia issuing Fraternal Orders, Secret Societies, Fraternal Organizations, etc.
Including some slogans, some with information.

PART ONE: Letters A-L. Part Two: M-Z.

* Items preceeded by asterisk are known to have issued swords (and probably other exonumia).
** Exonumia items seen on those with a double asterisk AFTER the description (I've JUST started marking, so please don't remind me of common groups)..

-BA: In some organizations this suffix stands for Benefit Association (a group that collects money from members for distribution to deceased member's family).
GER: Grand Exhalted Ruler (BPOE)
PWP
: Past Worthy Patriarch


A:. A:. Argentium Astrum (or Astrum Argentinium)
AAL
Aid Association for Lutherans
Link
AAONMS
Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (a.k.a. simply the Shrine, or Shriners; Masonic). **
AA of IS and TW
Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers (Founded 1876, merged in 1942 into United Steelworks of America) ** 1902 ribbon seen
AA of SRE of A
Amalgamated Association of Street Railroad Employees of America (Founded 1892, changed to Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railroad Employees of America in 1903, later became Amalgamated Transit Union in 1965) ** 1902 ribbon seen
AASR -- A:.A:.S:.R:.
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (Consistory, Masonic). Divided into Southern and Northern jurisdictions. The Consistory is one of the four bodies of the Scottish Rite. **
AAU Amateur Athletics Union. **
AP
Alliance of Poles (in America)
AB
American Brotherhood
AB
Arctic Brotherhood ** (Membership card exists. It is still in existence in 2007. The folks of Skagway have re-opened it and are handing out memberships. All you have to do is go to a meeting, sing the song, promise to look for gold and spread the word)
ABA
American Benefit Association
ABA American Bankers Association **
ABoD
Apprentice Boys of Derry: Protestant fraternal organization concerned with the Siege of Derry 1688-1689. Northern Ireland.
Link
ABS
American Benefit Society
ABWA
American Business Women's Association ** (pin exists)
ACA
Association Canado-Americaine
Link
AEOS Ancient Egyptian Order of SCIOTS
AF
American Freemen
AFA
Associated Fraternities of America.
AFA
American Foundrymen's Association: Founded in 1896. Renamed in 1948, and now known as the AFS American Foundrymen's Society. ** Badges exist.
AFAM, AF&AM
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (Blue Lodge). The working tools as used in the US jurisdictions are the 24" gauge (ruler), common gavel, plumb, square, level, and trowel. European lodges also use the skeret (fulcrum), pencil, chisel, compasses and line depending upon jurisdiction. The receiving tools are the square, compasses and either a short dagger, trowel, or chisel (depending on jurisdiction). Each of these "tools" has a ritual application and is so used to impart a particular moral, or philosophical lesson. **
AFC
American Fraternal Congress
AFL
American Federation of Labor **
AFL-CIO
See AFL and CIO **
AFGE
American Federation of Government Employees
Link
AFU American Fraternal Union
AFU (or TAFU)
The Acme Fraternal Union ** (badge seen)
AHCS
American Hungarian Catholic Society
AHEPA
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. Founded 26 July 1922, associated with the Greek Orthodox Church, still active. Abbr in Greek. **
AHOBG
Ancient and Honorable Order of the Blue Goose (see HOBGI)
AHTA
Anti Horse Thief Association, later became ATA. Although formed originally about 1863 as a protective association, it later became a Fraternal organization. with a Lady's Auxillary. It was in the midwest, having been formed in Missouri and eventially covered 16 States. The ATA still exists today. Badges exist. **
AHW
American Home Watchmen
AI
Ahvas Israel (Jewish fraternal benefit society)
AIOBA
Ancient and Independent Order of Buffaloes of America
AIU
American Insurance Union
AK
American Krusaders
AKIA
A Klansman I am (KKK slogan) **
AKP
American Knights of Protection
AL
American Legion **
ALAC
Knights Templar Ladies Auxiliary
ALH
American Legion of Honor
ALoMF
Ancient Legion of Mad Fellows (in Great Hall. Re: Frye)
*ALOH
American Legion of Honor
ALS
American Lombardi Society
ALW
Association of Lithuanian Workers
AMC & BW of NA - AF of L Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America **(1938 union dues pinback seen)
AMD Allied Masonic Degrees of USA
AMOBB
Ancient Mystic Order of Bagmen of Bagdad
AMORC
Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (Rosicrucians)
Link Link
AMOS
Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans ** pin seen
AMVETS
American Veterans
ANA
American Numismatic Association **
ANA
American Nurses Association ** (Pin exists with ANA in script and Lamp of Knowledge)
ANS
American Numismatic Society. **
ANS Free Gardeners: Insignia would depict Adam and Eve, Eden, Noah's Ark and the Rainbow or the letters PGHE (the rivers of Eden) and ANS (the three degees of gardening). Orders include the Thistle Order of Free Gardeners, St Andrews Order of Free Gardeners and the British order of Free Gardeners. These orders originated in Scotland pre-1676.
AOA
Aviation Ordnancemen Association - Fraternal order open to Navy, Marine Corps ordnancmen ** challenge coins, patches issued. Patron Saint Barbara IYAOYAS
AOC
American Order of Clansmen. Not associated with KKK, started as a patriotic/benevolent secret order in San Francisco around 1915-20 and (like most other groups) later became an insurance benefit society. Membership was restricted to English-speaking white males.
AOD
American Order of Druids
AOFB
(Ye) Ancient Order of Froth Blowers (1924-31)
The Angelic Order of Fairy Belles (sic) was a subsidiary, ladies branch of this male, charitable drinking fraternity. There was also the Amiable Order of Faithful Bow-wows.
LINK
*AOF
American Order of Foresters **
AOF
Ancient Order of Foresters
AOF
Ancient Order of Freesmiths
AOG
Ancient Order of Gleaners
*AOH
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Link
*AOKMC
Ancient Order of the Knights of the Mystic Chain. Rituals were based on the legend of the Knights of the Round Table - ** Badge seen
AOLA
Ancient Order of Loyal Americans
AOM
Ancient Order of Muts (The word Muts is said to be a name from Egyptian mythology, and also to stand for, "Men united to serve.")
AOM
Ancient Order of Mysteries
AOMP
Artisans Order of Mutual Protection
Link
AOO
American Order Of Owls
AOO
Ancient Order of Osiris
AOOG
Possibly the Ancient Order of Gleaners, founded in 1894 in Cairo, IL. Originally for farmers and other agricultural occupations, it later became the Gleaner Life Insurance Society and now offers membership to all "persons of good moral character," 16 or older.
AOP
Ancient Order of Pyramids
AORCS
Ancient Order of the Red Cross Society (Davenport IA 1902 newspaper report)
AOS
Ancient Order of Sanhedrins
AOUC
American Order of United Catholics
*AOUW
Ancient Order of United Workmen **
AOZ
Ancient Order of Zuzimites
* APA
American Protective Association
APA
American Protestants Association
APhA American Pharmacutical Association
APL American Protective League, division of Secret Service, formed in WWI to round up draft dodgers and spies, over 250,000 members, ended 1 Feb. 1919.
APS American Philatelic Society **
ARF Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Hye Heghapokhagan Tashnagtsutiun) **
ARI American Rangers, Inc.
ASA
Anthroposophical Society in America.
ASC of A Unknown. Seen on dog-tag style tag. **
ASE
American Stars of Equity
ASEAA
Atlantic Self-Endowment Association of America
ASME
American Society of Mechanical Engineers **
ASO
American Star Order
ASP
Association of the Sons of Poland
ASS
Arion Singing Society **
AT
American Turnerbund (German-American 'turning' organization)
ATA
Anti Thief Association (see AHTA)
ATBA
American Ticket Brokers Association **(token seen for selling tickets to the RR)
ATS
Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons
AUM
Ancient Order of Mysteries (Masonic)
AUSA
Association of the United States Army
AUSWV
American Union Spanish-American War Veterans.
AUV
Association of Union Veterans
AW
American Woodmen
AW
American Workmen
AWES
American World Exonumia Society **(exonumia issued)
AWF
Armenian Youth Federation (Hye Yeridasartats Tashnagtsutiun) **
AZC
Albany Zouave Cadets **(cartridge box plate, intertwined initials)
BA
Brotherhood of America
BA Builders of the Adytum
BARE Benefit Assocition of Railway Employees
BAW Brotherhood of American Workmen
* BAY Brotherhood of American Yeomen: A secret benefit society founded in 1897, revolved around Sir Walter Scott's novel "Ivanhoe". ** pin seen
BBI B'nai Brith International
BFFLA Big Four Fraternal Life Association
BEE Brotherhood of Electrical Employees, a secret fraternity of electricians (or: Benevolent Electricians Everywhere)
BFCL (over R) International Order of the Rainbow for Girls
Link **
BHLA Ben Hur Life Association
BHS Barbershop Harmony Society (was SPEBSQSA) ** items reported.
BJMS Bishop James Madison Society, founded in 1812 at the passing of the Bishop James Madison, the eighth president of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. It's a secret society at the College, and at graduation, the eight graduating members wear silver medals in the shape of the society's logo, revealing their membership. **
* BK Commandery Benevolent Knights Association (BK initials on hilt)
BKA Benevolent Knights Association
BKB Unknown (pin seen, with clasped hands) **
BKofM Black Knights of Molders
BKRT - Boys Knights of the Round Table: A fashions publication of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, The Delineator was affiliated with the Butterick Co., a leading manufacturer of sewing patterns. Included in the magazine were sections for children: the Boys Knights of the Round Table (BKRT), and for girls the Jenny Wren Club.
BL Black Legion
BLA Baptist Life Association
Link
BLE Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
Link
BLF Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen
BLF&E Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers: A railroad union which was founded in 1873, and eventually merged with others to form the United Transportation Union in 1969 .
BNL Brotherhood of the New Life
BMW Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way
BNA Bavarian National Association of North America
BNMB Beavers National Mutual Benefit
BOB Benevolent Order of Bereans
BOB Benevolent Order of Buffaloes
BOF Brotherhood of Friends (token, bottle opener reported) **
BOM Benevolent Order of Monkeys
BOSC Benevolent Order of Scottish Clans (see OSC)
BPD&PoA Brotherhood of Painters - Decorators & Paperhangers of America (Whitehead & Hoag badge reported) **
BPOD Benevolent and Patriotic Order of Does
*BPOE Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks **
Link
BPOEC BPOE of Canada
*BPOEW Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World **
BRC Brotherhood of Railroad Clerks (See BRRC)
BRFF Beavers Reserve Fund Fraternity
BRRB Brotherhood of Railroad Brakemen
BRRC Brotherhood of Railroad Clerks (renamed BRC in 1904)
BRT or BRRT Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen ** BRRT pin seen
BRT Brotherhood of Railroad Telegraphers (not positive which BRT is correct, or if both are!). **
BRTM (BofRTM) Brotherhood of Rail Road Track Men
BSA Boy Scouts of America **
* BU Brotherhood of the Union
BUC Boston Union Club
BUL Boston Union League
BWG Brotherhood of the West Gate
BZ Bnai Zion
CAA Catholic Aid Association
Link
CAGE
Unknown: From a Centennial medal "'Memorial Hall, below a head to R. 1876 C.A.G.E.", in the form of a St. Andrew's cross with a rosebud in each of the eight corners. The reverse is blank.
CAOF
Catholic Association of Foresters
Link
CAR
Children of the American Revolution
* CBKA
Commandery Benevolent Knights Association
CBL
Catholic Benevolent Legion
CBSH
Colored Brotherhood & Sisterhood of Honor
CC
Columbian Circle
CC Cannon Club:
A Princeton University eating club founded 1895: Tiger's head, crossed cannons, floral wreath around, reverse pin and name/date. * Pin seen
CCC
Chicago Coin Club (Also see CNS and CNR) **
CCCPP-RZOG
Chicago Coin Club Past Presidents **
* CCTAS
Crusaders-Catholic Total Abstinence Society
CCU
Croatian Catholic Union of the U.S.A. and Canada
Link
CCU
Czech Catholic Union
CD
Christian Democrats
CDA (CDoA)
Catholic Daughters of America
CE
Christian Endeavor ** pin seen
CERVUS ALCES
Elks related
CFA
Canadian Fraternal Association
CFA
Companions of the Forest of America
CFA
Columbian Fraternal Association
CFFT
Catholic Family Fraternal of Texas
CFL
Catholic Fraternal League
CFL
Catholic Fraternal Life (Society)
Link
CFLI
Catholic Family Life Insurance (society)
Link
CFLIS
Canadian Foresters Life Insurance Society
CFU
Continental Fraternal Union (Order of Continental Fraternal Union)
CFUA
Croatian Fraternal Union of America
CG
California Grays
CIO
Congress Of Industrial Organizations
CK
Catholic Knights
Link
* CK of A, CKA
Catholic Knights of America
Link
* CK of W, CKW
Catholic Knights of Wisconsin. Sword made by Henderson-Ames (1893-1923), Insurance Co. Milwaukee. * Buckle reported.
CK&HEEWH
Christian Knights & Heroines of Ethiopia of the Eastern & Western Hemispheres
CK&LI
Catholic Knights & Ladies of Illinois
CLC
Catholic Ladies of Columbia
Link
CKIS
Catholic Knights Insurance Society
CKO
Catholic Knights of Ohio
CKP
Colored Knights of Pythias
CKSG
Catholic Knights of St. George
CL
Columbian League
CMA
Coming Men of America (youth organization; Masonic influenced)
CMBA
Catholic Mutual Benefit Association
CMLA
Concordia Mutual Life Association
CMLAS
Columbian Mutual Life Assurance Society
CNR
Chicago Numismatic Roundtable (active in the 1940's) **
CNS
Chicago Numismatic Society (active around 1910) **
COCF
Canadian Order of Chosen Friends
* COF, COOF
Catholic Order of Forester
Link
COF
Canadian Order of Foresters - Badge seen: COF LBC Bethel Ont. *
COH
Court of Honor
COH
Circle of Honor
COTW -
Camels of the World. Listed in the National Christian Association bibliography as follows: "The Camels of the World. Minneapolis, MN: Camels of the World; n.d." Evidently this is not the same organization as the Order of Camels, an anti-prohibition group founded in 1920. Their lodges were known as "caravans," I believe. I have also seen lists for the Ancient Order of Camels and Loyal Order of Camels. ** (ribbon reported: Newark, OH, Temple Lodge #103 of the C.O.T.W.)
CP
Chevaliers of Pythias (not affiliated with Knights of Pythias)
CPL
Christian Protective League
CPL
Council of Prison Locals (American Federation of Government Employees)
Link
CS
Columbian Squires (boys' organization affiliated with Knights of Columbus)
CSA
Czechoslovak Society of America
CSA Confederate States of America **
CSMC Catholic Students' Mission Crusade
(Founded 1918 as a youth home-support organization for missionaries. More recently: Christian Student's Mission Club) **
CSNS
Central States Numismatic Society. **
CSPS Cesko-Slovanska Podporujici Spolecnost - now known as the Czechoslovak Society of America (CSA) **
CSSIW
Continental Society Sons of Indian Wars
Link
* CTAS
Catholic Total Abstinence Society
CUBS
Fraternal/benevolent society organized at 1915 Pan-Pacific Expo.
CUOI Catholic Union of Illinois (also see DKV) ** (Probably related to DKV)
CW
Catholic Workman (insurance society)
CWA
Cold Water Army (19th century Temperance youth group)
CWA
Canadian Wheelmen's Association. **
CWV
Catholic War Veterans
CYO
Catholic Youth Organization.
DA Degree of Anona (youth organization of Degree of Pocahontas)
DA, D of A Daughters of America see also JOUAM, an auxiliary to the Jr. Order of United American Mechanics.** pin seen
DAC Daughters of the American Colonists
Link
DAR Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) **
DAV Disabled American Veterans
Link **(Keytags issued annually and mailed to car owners)
DBA Danish Brotherhood in America
DC, D of C Daughters of Columbia (also seen as DOC)
"Deo Vindice" means "God vindicates", seen on modern belt buckles (and many other items) because it was the motto on the Seal of Confederate States of America. **
DES Daughters of the Eastern Star
Deus Meumque Jus 33rd degree Mason (motto)
DH Degree of Hiawatha (youth organization of IORM)
DH Daughters of Hope
DH, DOH Degree of Honor, AOUW.
DIBPOEW Daughters of the Independent, Benevolent, and Protective Order of Elks of the World.
DKV Deutsch-Kath. Vereinsbunds: German Catholic Association, many from Illinois (See CUOI). **
DL, D of L Daughters of Liberty (also seen as DOL)
DM, D of M Dames of Malta
D & M of EBS Daughters and Mothers of England Benevolent Society ** (badge reported)
DOHPA Degree of Honor Protective Association
DM De Molay (Order of DeMolay)**
DOA Daughters of America
DODR Daughters of Duke Richard
DOI Daughters of Isabella
DOI Daughters of Isis
DoL, D of L Daughters of Liberty
DOKK Dramatic Order of Knights of Khorassanm (K of P) **
DOLLUS Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States. auxiliary to the MOLLUS
Link ** patch seen
DOM Dames of Malta (see DM, DofM)
DOM Daughters of Mokanna
DON Daughters of the Nile (Masonic) ** "Daughters Nile" pin seen
DON Daughters of Norway
DOP Daughters of Penelope
DOP Degree of Pocahontas (ladies auxiliary of IORM)
DOR Daughters of Rebekah
DOS Daughters of Scotia
DOS Daughters of Scotland
DOS Daughters of St. Richards.
DOV Daughters of Veterans. **
DR Daughters of Rebekah
DRT Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
D.T.: Dakota Territory **
DUCWV Daughters of Union Civil War Veterans. **
Dum Tacet Clamat Woodmen of the World (motto: "Through silent, he speaks", in Latin: Although an individual may die, his good works will continue to live). See WOW.**
DUV Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Link **
DV Daughters of Vartan (Armenian) **
EA Eclectic Assembly
EAU - EAUA Equitable Aid Union (of America)
* EBA Emerald Benefit Association or Emerald Beneficial Association
EC Emblem Club of the U.S.A.
ECV - E Clampus Vitus (also seen as E Clampsus Vitus, evidently a nonsensical pseudo-Latin phrase) is the name of the organization. It was reportedly an extremely rowdy "fun" society founded in CA in 1849. Faded in late 1800's, then revived in 1930's and still in existence. Also known as the "Clampers."
Link **
EFU Equitable Fraternal Union
EIU: Education, Industry, Union (Select Knights, Ancient Order of United Workmen) * uniform button seen.
EKR Empire Knights of Relief
EL Epworth League **
ELA Equitable League of America
ELHA Elida Lodge Home Association (IOV)**
EMBA Elks Mutual Benefit Association
ER Endowment Rank (originally part of Knights of Pythias; now American United Insurance Co.)
ERA Equitable Reserve Association
Link
ESOH Exalted Society of Order Hounds (salesmen's organization)
ES Eastern Star (The General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Masonic spouses)
Link **
ESU English Speaking Union
EUBM Eternal and Universal Brotherhood of Mystics
Ex Fide Fortis Royal Neighbors of America (motto)**
EWBA Electrical Workers Benefit Association, organized as seperate lodge meetings at IBEW meetings for most of the twentieth century, now amalgamated into the IBEW structure.
FAA Free and Accepted Americans
FA & IU Farmers Alliance & Industrial Union. A late 19th century Socialist/Populist organization.
FAM, F&AM Free and Accepted Masons (Blue Lodge, Masonic)
Link **
FATAL Fairest Among Ten Thousand, Altogether Lovely (Eastern Star)
FAU Fraternal Aid Union
FB Fraternal Brotherhood
* FCB Friendship, Charity, and Benevolence (Knights of Pythias)
Link **
FCF Freedom, Charity, and Friendship (Motto of the Redmen) **
FCSLA First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association
FCSU First Catholic Slovak Union of the U.S.A. and Canada (Prva Katolicka Slovenska Jednota)
Link
FECMU Faith, Endurance, Courage, Modesty, and Unselfishness (Royal Neighbors of America)
Link
FFA Future Farmers of America **
FFF, FOFF Fraternity of Friendly Fellows
FFI (French Resistance group, France, 1944)
FG Fraternal Guild
FHIS Fraternal Home Insurance Society
FIOIE adn LTJE: (Fraternal Order of Eagles)
FL Fraternal Legion
FLE Fraternity of Linemen and Wiremen, a secret fraternity of electricians with several charitable activites, sponsors the annual IBEW reunion at various locations around the US. May also be: Fun Loving Electricians, also called thumb bumpers after their secret handshake. Every local in the IBEW has about 100 members who belong and each local has a grand FLE.
FLIA Federation Life Insurance of America (Polish Catholic fraternal Order)
FLRDH - TBH Tribe of Ben Hur (Viking Ship) **
FLT Friendship, Love, and Truth (Odd Fellows)
FMC Fraternal Mystic Circle
FML Fraternal Mystic Legion
FMW Federation of Masons of the World
FO Orioles **
FOA, F of A Foresters of America. From the Ancient Order of Foresters which in turn evolved from the British Royal Order of Foresters. Included in the family are the Canadian Order of Foresters, the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Independent Order of Foresters, Foresters of America, Companions of the Forest (or of Foresters) and several lesser Forester orders. ** pin seen
FOAST Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers
FOB Fraternal Order of Bears
FOB Fraternal Order of Beavers **
FOC Fraternal Order of Colonials
FOCL Fraternal Order of Clover Leaves
* FOE Fraternal Order of Eagles
Link
FOF Fraternal Order of Firefighters
FOFGW Federation of Flat Glass Workers **
FOMES Fifth Order of Melchizedek and the Egyptian Sphinx
FOO, F of O Fraternal Order of Orioles
Link **
FOP Fraternal Order of Police **
FOP Fraternal Order of Pineapple (est. 1994)
FOR Fraternal Order of Reindeer
** FOSA (Fraternal sword seen, unknown.)
FPOA Fraternal Patriotic Order of Americans
FPSA Freemen's Protective Silver Association
FPSF Freemen's Protective Silver Federation
FRA Fraternal Reserve Association
FRC Fraternitas Rosae Crucis (Rosicrucians)
Freedom, Charity, Friendship: Improved Order of Red Men **
FRP Free and Regenerated Palladium
FSOI Free Sons of Israel
FT Fraternal Tributes
Ft. : Fort
FUA Fraternal Union of America
FUF Fraternity of United Friars
G with square and compass (dividers): Masonic **
* GALA StPt German American Legion of St. Peter
* GALStPTR German American Legion of St. Peter
* GAR
Grand Army of the Republic (1861-1865) **
Grand Army of Princes of the Royal Secret:
Masonic paper award seen.
GBOO
Grand Black Order of Orangemen ** No longer functioning. See LOL.
GBU
German Beneficial Union
GBUP
Greater Beneficial Union of Pittsburgh
Link
GCAVOH
Grand Chapter of the Ancient and Venerable Order of Harodim
* GC of AL
(on scabbard of sword)
GCOC
Grand Court Order of Calanthe
GCR
Grand College of Rites of the U.S.A.
GCU
Greek Catholic Union of the U.S.A.
Link
G:. D:.
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (Fringe Masonry).
GDA Grain Dealers Association. **
GER:
Grand Exhalted Ruler (BPOE) **
GF
Grand Fraternity
GFS
German Freedom Society
GGC
Girls of the Golden Court (see OGC)
GIFoL - GIFofL
Grand Island Federation of Labor (Grand Island, NE) **
* GL
Guardians of Liberty, an anti-Catholic organization founded about 1911.
GLAUM
Grand Lodge Ancient Order of Mysteries (Masonic)
GLDS
Grand Lodge Daughters of Scotia
Link
GLIS
The Gleaner Life Insurance Society
Link
GM
Grail Movement
GMMNA
Grand Masters of Masons in North America, Conference of
GNA
Grottoes of North America (See GROTTO.)
GOH
German Order of Harugari
GOWR Grand Order of Water Rats (British Charitable Order of performing artists)(See TAMS Aug 2008 issue, medal shown) * (also: Grand Order of Lady Ratlings, Friends of the Water Rats)
GRANGE
Order of the Patrons of Husbandry **
GROTTO
Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm (MOVPER, Masonic related)
Link
GSF
Golden Star Fraternity
GUO of GF
Grand United Order of Galilean Fishermen
* GUO of OF, GUOOF
Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, the Black IOOF.
GUOTR
Grand United Order of True Reformers (African-American)
GVS
Giuseppe Verdi Society (Verdi Club, Rockford, IL)
GWMNMA
George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association.
LINK.
GWS
Gospel Workers Society
H or SWM: Unknown:
Ribbon reported, Bias Conclave, Baltimore, MD. **
H
The Homesteaders
H
The Hunters (U.S., c. 1838-41)
H (in circle)
Home Circle
HBL
Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor
HC
Home Circle
HEROES of '76
Affiliated with the National Sojourners.
HF
Hermetic Fraternity
HFBO
Home Forum Benefit Order
HJ, HOJ
Heroines of Jericho
HL
Hunter's Lodges (Canadian branch of the Hunters)
HLA
Homesteaders' Life Association
HLC
Homesteaders' Life Company
HLMD
Hooded Ladies of the Mystic Den ( auxiliary of Ku Klux Klan)
HN
Highland Nobles
HNS
Holy Name Society
HOBGI
Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International (see AHOBG)
Link
HOGD
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
HOJ
Heroines of Jericho (Masonic organization)
HOKBHC
Holy Order of Knights Beneficent of the Holy City
Honor Duty:
Slogan of the KKK **
HOO-HOO
International Order of Hoo-Hoo, Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo (lumbermen's organization)
Link
HP
Home Palladium
HRFA
Hungarian Reformed Federation of America
Link Kossuth in America
HTI
High Twelve International (a.k.a. High Twelve Club; Masonic related)
H.T.W.S.S.T.K.S. (HTWSSTKS arranged in circle within keystone)
Masonic "mark" of Ancient Grand Master. Especially noted on Masonic "mark" or chapter pennies. York Rite Royal Arch Mason. "Hiram The Widow's Son Sent To King Solomon." ** Within Freemasonry there are concordant bodies: York Rite and Scottish Rite. The York Rite'e entry level organization is called a Royal Arch Chapter. Mark Pennies are presented to new members upon getting the Mark Master Mason degree. It represents a day's wages (from a passage in the Bible). Each member is to make a unique 'mark', recorded in the Chapter's records, on their Penny, similar to the marks used by stone masons in the building of medieval cathedrals.
IAFF
International Association of Fire Fighters
IA of M:
International Association of Machinists **
IBofTCWBHofA
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America ** Personal ID token seen
IANU
Italo-American National Union
IARA
International Association of Rebekah Assemblies.
IATSE
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (fob seen)
Link
IBBH
Int'l Brotherhood of Blacksmiths and Helpers
IBEW International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
IBOB International Brotherhood of Old Bastards: traced its origins to the American Formal Bastardy said to have been founded by Cozen P. Bantling in Boston in 1813, and (perhaps indirectly) to similar, even earlier European orders, and was listed as active at least as recently as 1996-97.
IBPOE
Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks (IBPOEW = of the World) **
IBT
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
IC
Invincible Club
IC
Iroquois Club **
ICBU
Irish Catholic Benevolent Union
IDES
Brotherhood of the Divine Holy Spirit (1889: Luso-American/Azorean Fraternal Groups, i.e., Irmandade do Divono Espirito Santo)
Link
IFSC
International Firefighters' Square Club
IGA
International Geneva Association
IGBC
Imperial Grand Black Chapter of the British Commonwealth **. See Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL)
IGCRAM International Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons
IGGCRSM
International General Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters
IH
Iron Hall (Order of Iron Hall)
* IHSV Red Cross of Constantine (Masonic) The Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Orders of the Holy Sepulchre and of St John the Evangelist. ** pin seen
IIDA
Iowa Implement Dealers Association **
ILEOSC
International Law Enforcement Officers' Square Club
ILH
Iowa Legion of Honor.
ILM Illinois Lumber Merchants. **
IML
Imperial Mystic Legion
Imp'd ORM
Improved Order of Red Men
Link **
In Hoc Signo Spes Mea
White Shrine of Jerusalem (motto)
In Hoc Signo Vinces
Knights Templar, Masonic (motto: "In this sign, thou Shalt Conquor")**
INOF
Irish National Order of Foresters
IIOO
Independent International Order of Owls
IOA
International Order of Alhambra
IOBA
Independent Order of B'rith Abraham
IOBB
Independent Order of B'Nai B'rith
IOCF
Independent Order of Chosen Friends
IOD
Improved Order of Deer
IODE
Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire. Became the National Society Daughters of the British Empire in the USA in 1920 ** patch seen.
* IOF
Independent Order of Foresters
Link ** pin seen
IOFI
Independent Order of Foresters of Illinois
IOGSDS
Independent Order of Good Samaritans & Daughters of Samaria
IOGT
International Order of Good Templars
Link ** Pin and Badge seen
IOH
Improved Order of Heptasophs: Seven Wise Men ** pin seen
IOHH
International Order of Hoo-Hoo ** pin seen
* IOI, IOIUSA
Independent Order of Immaculates of the United States of America. An African-American fraternal order started in 1872.
IOJD
International Order of Job's Daughters
Link ** pin seen
IOKD
Imperial Order of King David (ribbon seen)
* IOKP Independent Order of Knights of Pythias **
IOL of V
Independent Order Ladies of Vikings
Link * (See IO of V)
IOM
Imperial Order of Muscovites. Local units of the IOM were called "Kremlins."
IOM
Independent Order of Mechanics
IOMB
Independent Order of Mystic Brothers
* IOOF Independent Order of Odd Fellows (The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows)
Link **
IOOT
[unknown] **(stud seen, with two hands and world-globe)
IOP Independent Order of Puritans
IOR Independent Order of Rebekahs (see IARA, formerly/also known as the Daughters of Rebekah, and also popularly referred to simply as the Rebekahs)
IOR
Independent Order of Rechabites (originated as a fraternal order/benefit society restricted to white males 16-55. Strong emphasis on abstinence. Women and youth had affiliated "Tents.")
IORG
International Order of Rainbow Girls (Masonic)
Link ** pin seen
* IORM
Improved Order of Red Men
Link **
IOS
Independent Order of Shepherds
* IOS
Independent Order of Svithiod (Swedish-American fraternal benefit society, founded 1881)**
IOSA
Independent Order of Sons of Abraham
IOSB
Independent Order of Sons of Benjamin
IOSL/IOStL
Independent Order of St. Luke
IOTK&DT
International Order of Twelve Knights & Daughters of Tabor
IOV
Independent Order of Vikings, a fraternal insurance benefit organization founded in Chicago in 1896. Originally an all-male order, its membership is limited to persons of Swedish descent and their spouses.
Link (See IOL of V) *
IPA
Irish Protestant Association
IPhA
Illinois Pharmacutical Association (badges wanted!)
IRB
Irish Republican Brotherhood
ISCWM
International Supreme Council of World Masons, Inc.
ISDA, ISDAFA
Italian Sons & Daughters of America Fraternal Association
* ISH
Independent Sons of Honor.
ISS International Sunshine Society **
IS&SA Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Association. **
IUOM Independent United Order of Mechanics
IWW Industrial Workers of the World **
IYOB FILIAE Job's Daughters
JA Junior Achievement **
* JAOUW Junior Order-Ancient Order of United Workmen**
JBS John Birch Society
JC Jolly Corks (founded in 1868; now the BPOE)
JCD Jednota Ceskych Dam, the Society of Bohemian Ladies **Badge seen.
JCDA Junior Catholic Daughters of America.
* JCKG (initials on sword hilt)
JFA Junior Foresters of America
JL Junior Lodge (Odd Fellows youth organization)
JOAM Junior Order of American Mechanics**
* JOAOUW Junior Order-Ancient Order of United Workmen
JOPS, JPS Junior Order of Princes of Syracuse
* JOUAM, JROUAM Junior Order of United American Mechanics **
Link
Justitia Universalis Patriarchs Militant (motto)
K Knight - There are scores of Masonic Knight orders/ornaments, far too numerous to list here. These may be found in standard reference works on Freemasonry. However, if you have exonumia from any, please advise, and we will attempt to attribute it here.
KA, K of A Knights of the Altar
KA, K of A Knights of the Apocalypse
KAEO Knights of the Ancient Essenic Order (founded in and confined largely to Washington)
KAMELIA Ku Klux Klan women's auxiliary.
KASB Knights of Ar-Sar-Ben (Omaha, NE). **
KBCW Knights of the Blue Cross of the World
KBHC Knights Beneficent of the Holy City (Order of Knights Beneficent of the Holy City)
* KC, K of C, KofC Knights of Columbus
Link **
* KC Knights of the Cross
KC, K of C Knights of the Cork
KC Knothole Club - or - Knot-Hole Club (Rotary)
KCI Kiwanis Club International
KD, K of D Knights of Dunamis (National Eagle Scout Association)
* KF Knights of Friendship
* KFM, K of FM Knights of Father Matthew
KG Keystone Guard
KG, K of G Knights of the Globe, fraternal benefit group founded in Chicago in 1889. Swords reported, but may be Knights of St. George.
* KG Knights of St. George (also abbreviated as KSTG)
KGC Knights of the Golden Circle (secret order of Southern sympathizers in the North during the Civil War. Its members were known as Copperheads).
link
* KGE Knights of the Golden Eagle (organized into Castles or Commanderies), from 1873, and still active. A Masonic order of the same name has been reported to exist. However, a Masonic expert disputes that the KGE has any Masonic connection. Evidently the known KGE swords are not Masonic. **
LINK
* KGL Knight Grand Legion
KGR Knights of the Golden Rule
*KH, K of H Knights of Honor, a fraternal beneficiary society founded about 1877. **
* KHC Knights of the Holy Cross
KHS Knights of the Holy Sepulchre
KICK Knights of the Invisible Colored Kingdom
KIGY 'Klansman, I greet you' -or- 'Klan Interests Guide You' (KKK slogan) **
KIN Kinsmen
KIM Knights of the Immaculate Movement
KJ, K of J Knights of Jericho
K of J Knights of St. John
KJ, K of J Knights of Jubilation
KJZT Cathloic Women's Fraternal of Texas (Slovak benefit society)
KK, K of K Knights of Khorasan (Dramatic Order of Knights of Khorasan)
* KKK Ku Klux Klan. Some of the terms associated with the KKK include: Knights of the Invisible Empire, Order of Citizenship, Knights Kamellia, and Knights of the Midnight Mystery, Klectokon, Klonverse, Klavery, Klarago, Klexter, Klaverns, Klancraft, Klonklaves, Imperial Wizard, Exalted Cyclops, Imperial Klaliff, Grand Klaliff, Imperial Klokard, Imperial Kludd, Imperial Kligrapp, Imperial Klabee, Imperial Klarago, Imperial Klonsel, Imperial Night Hawk, etc. Yes, I buy and sell all types of KKK collectibles, as well as Nazi material; NO, I don't believe in or support the KKK/Nazis, and don't bother writing me about this listing. This is a LISTING, not support! **
KKK A skull with the letters KKK on the forehead is from Tri Kappa fraternity at State Teachers College (NY?) in 1937 that changed its name to Delta Kappa, and is now Delta Kappa Theta.
* KKKK Knights of Ku Klux Klan
KoGF Knights of the Green Forest. A group similar to the KKK, ca. 1800's.
KL, K of L Knights of Liberty
KL, K of L Knights of Lithuania
*KL, K of L Knights of Loyola
KL, K of L Knights of Luther
KL, K of L Knights of Labor
KLA Knights & Ladies of Azar
KLG Knights of the Loyal Guard
KLGP Knights & Ladies of the Golden Precept
KLGR Knights & Ladies of the Golden Rule
KLGS Knights and Ladies of the Golden Star
KLH, K&L of H Knights & Ladies of Honor
KLS, K&L of S Knights & Ladies of Security Fraternal benefit society founded in Kansas in 1892. Membership was over 90,000 by 1910. Renamed Security Benefit Association in 1919, active at least into the 1960's. **
*KM, K of M Knights of the Maccabees (also abbreviated as KOTM). **
* KM, K of M Knights of Malta (Masonic: York Rite Commandery, KT) - Badges Seen**
* KM Knights Militant (KKK)
* KMC Knights of the Mystic Chain See: AOKMC Ancient Order Knights of the Mystic Chain ** AOKof the MC pin seen
K-N Know-Nothings
KNP Know-Nothing Party
K of FM Knights of Father Matthew
KOGEL Probably related to Knights of the Golden Eagle
KoGC Knights of the Golden Circle (National Treasure movie fantasy group)
KOL Knights of Labor **
K of L & S. May be a variant of KoL. **
KOS Knights of the Sword
* KOTM Knights of the Maccabees (of the world)
K of STW Knights of St. Wencelas
* KP, K of P Knights of Pythias **
Link
* KPC Knights of Peter Claver, founded in 1909 for Black Catholic men. **pins seen
KRA Knights of the Royal Arch (non-Masonic)
KRC Knights of the Red Cross (KT)
KRCC Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine
KRT Knights of the Round Table (a.k.a. Loyal Knights of the Round Table)
KSA, K of SA Knights of St. Andrew
* KSC Knights of St. Columcille (Maybe better known as St. Columba. A.k.a. Colm, Columbkille, Colmcille, and Colum).
KSC Knights of Southern Cross (Skull and crossbones, ca. 1879) *
* KSF Knights of Sherwood Forest (Forester's, ca. 1887)
* KSJ, K of SJ Knights of St. John
KSKJ American Slovenian Catholic Union
Link Kranjsko Slovenska Katoliska Jednota
* KStA Knights of St. Augustine
* KStB Knights of St. B. (on hilt of sword)
* KStD Knights of St. D
* KStE
Knights of St. Edward
KSL
Knights of St. Lawrence
KST Knights of the Square Table
*KStG Knights of St. George
* KStI Knights of St. Ignatius
* KStJ Knights of St. John - Apostle of Love on hilt of sword
* KStJ Knights of St. Joseph
* KSL Knights of St. Lorenz (initials on hilt of sword)
* KSL, KStL
Knights of St. Lawrence
* KStL Knights of St. Louis
* KStM Knights of St. Martin
* K of StP Knights of St. Patrick
* KStP Knights of St. Paul
* KStP Knights of St. Peter
KSR, KStR Knights of St. Richards
* KStS Knights of St. S (initials on hilt of sword)
* KStT Knights of St. Thomas
* KStV Knights of St. Vincent
* K of StW Knights of St. Wenceslas
* KT, K of T Knights of Tabor
* KT Knights Templar (Masonic: York Rite Commandery)
Link (Knights Templar consists of three involved degrees: Knights of the Red Cross, Knight Templar, Knight of Malta). I have been told that the KT logo was an upright cross prior to ca. 1910, and a slanted cross after. Can you confirm this? **
KV or KoV Knights of Vartan (Armenian: Vartana Asbedner)
KWC Knights of the White Cross
* KWM Knights of Wise Men
KYCH Knights of the York Cross of Honor (Convent General)
LAA Lithuanian Alliance of America
Labor Immia Vincit: Slogan of Knights of Labor, later by the American Federaion of Labor and other labor groups. **
LAFF Luso-American Fraternal Federation (Portuguese-American, See LAFIS)
LAL Ladies of Abraham Lincoln
LALA Loyal American Life Association
LALIS Luso-American Life Insurance Society (Portuguese-American)
Link
LAOH Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
Link
LAPM Ladies Auxil iary Patriarch Militant. The Crown, sword, crook and 3 links are symbols. (Odd Fellows) **pin seen
LAW League of American Wheelman (see LOAW). Now The League of American Bicyclists ** much exonumia seen
LB
Lutheran Brotherhood.
LBA Luxembourg Brotherhood of America. **
LBAS-IGLKMPBLU Loyal Black Association of Scotland, the Imperial Grand Lodge of Knights of Malta and Parent Black Lodge of the Universe ** No longer functioning. See LOL.
LCA Lithuanian Catholic Alliance
LCBA Loyal Christian Benefit Association
Link **
LDG - (moose head) Independent Order of Foresters
LDS Latter Day Saints, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mormans
LE Lady Elks
LEML Locomotive Engineers Mutual Life (& Accident Insurance Association)
LFMOS League of Friendship of the Mechanical Order of the Sun
LGAR Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic
LGE Ladies of the Golden Eagle
LH Legion of Honor
LI Lions International
Libertas et Patria Sons of the American Revolution (motto)
LIFE Liberty, Integrity, Fraternity, and Equality (Fraternal Order of Orioles)
LIOR Ladies Independent Order of Reindeer **
* LKA, LK of A Loyal Knights of America
LKL, LK&L Loyal Knights & Ladies
LKRT Loyal Knights of the Round Table
LL Lincoln League
LL Loyal League(s)
LLISC Lutheran Life Insurance Society of Canada
LLL Lutheran Laymen's League
LLL Live and Let Live, fraternal group in Rockford, IL, est. 1908. LLL Society **(beer tokens issued)
LLLL Loyal Legion of Lumbermen and Loggers: Founded in 1917 in the Pacific Northwest, whose members cut spruce timber for use in military aircraft during World War I. After the war, the LLLL reportedly remained in existence for more than a decade, befoe dying out sometime during the Depression. Pins/badges exist.
Link **
LL & P Unknown ** (Badge seen, with: Pride of Maryland)
LLRA Loyal Ladies of the Royal Arcanum
LM, L of M Ladies of the Maccabees **
LMB Unknown initials, crossed swords and cannons, anchor and star, reported on sterling silver pillbox (MAD April 2014)
LMLA Loyal Mystic Legion of America
LMW Ladies of the Maccabees of the World
LOA Loyal Orange Association (a.k.a. Orangemen)
Link
LOAW League of American Wheelman (see LAW). Now The League of American Bicyclists ** much exonumia seen
LOBA Ladies Orange Benevolent Association
LOBB Loyal Order of Beer Buffalo
LOL Loyal Order Orange Lodge (Orange Order)
* LOM Legion of the Moose, Loyal Order of the Moose.
Link
LOOB Loyal Order of Buffaloes
Look Up, Lift Up: Epworth League slogan
LOOM Loyal Order of Moose **
LOS Loyal Order of Sparrows (** pin from Allentown, PA reported)
LOS Ladies Oriental Shrine
LOSNA Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America
LOTM Ladies of the Maccabees
LPS Loyal Publication Society
LPSCU Ladies' Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union
LSA Loyal Sons of America
LT (and/or three ovals linked together: IOOF)
LTJE: See Fraternal Order of Eagles
LW Laundry Workers Int'l Union **
LWAL Loyal Women of American Liberty

PART TWO: Letters M to Z.

 

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