Knights of Columbus
Fraternal Sword

This sword is a representative example of a Knights of Columbus society or lodge sword. The "Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. The Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Order is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. It was on these bedrock principles that the Order was founded over a century ago and remains true to them today."

The most distinctive feature is a cast likeness of Columbus on the pommel.
The hilts are cast from a variety of metals but usually the grips are of painted wood.
They are very simple in appearance and were not intended for combat.
Fraternal, Lodge, or Society swords are relatively inexpensive to own and are fun to collect.
There are seemingly infinite variations and I have owned many.
Various makers markings and are found in infinite degrees of condition. Most seem to have been made by Lynch & Kelly of Utica New York ; they have been in business since about 1875 to present day.

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