19th century authentic human skull and crossbones mounted to an antique wooden base. Likely part of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Odd Fellows is an international fraternity consisting of lodges first documented in 1730 in London. Several theories aim to explain the etymological background of the name “Odd Fellows”, often spelled “Oddfellows” in British English. In the 18th century United Kingdom, major trades were organised in guilds or other forms of syndicates, but smaller trades did not have equivalent social or financial security. One theory has it that “odd fellows”, people who exercised unusual, miscellaneous “odd trades”, eventually joined together to form a larger group of “odd fellows”. Harkening back almost 200 years, Odd Fellowship has developed a ritual including rites of initiation, a secret grip and secret passwords. The officers and members of the Lodge wear regalia during closed, ritual meetings. It’s part of what makes Odd Fellows a fraternal order. The Masons’ and Odd Fellows’ ceremonial practices were similar in that human remains were used as part of initiation rituals in the past. “They used skeletons to remind prospective Odd Fellows of their mortality.
19 inches long