Odd Fellows Axe

Odd Fellows parade axe with heart in hand and three link chain symbols. 33" long . Found in southeastern Pennsylvania and probably came from a member of an Odd Fellows lodge there. There is some tape on the handle which may have been added to facilitate carrying because the handle appears to be intact and undamaged.  This piece had the heart painted black when we acquired it, with a couple spots of red that we originally thought were droplets of paint spilled on it in the course of some unrelated work.  However, when a third spot suddenly appeared, we realized the black was over-paint (possibly applied by a disenchanted former lodge member??).  We carefully scraped the black off to reveal the original red, as shown above, with the third photo showing the paint as found originally. Circa early 20th century. (BY-37)

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