- 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)