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Auction: Fine Jewelry Auction
was auctioned on: 15 September 2009
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Group of Antique and Vintage Mardi Gras Fraternal Society Related PinsGroup of Antique and Vintage Mardi Gras Fraternal Society Related Pins

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Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200
Price realised:  US$3,555
Lot number 324, Views: 70

Group of Antique and Vintage Mardi Gras Fraternal Society Related Pins, comprising four Knights of Comus, five Knights of Momus, and one knight of Proteus fraternal pins, an enamel masked lady, maker's mark for Gorham, and nine additional pins for the societies "A", "TNR" , E of O, and others, sterling and gilt mounts. Note: By the mid 19th century, many New Orleans residents had begun to take the view that the old Catholic Creole Mardi Gras tradition was on the decline. In 1856, a group of New Orleans businessmen associated with the Pickwick Club founded a secret society, the Mistick Crewe of Comus, to restore dignity and mystery to Mardi Gras. A secret society, Members of Comus appeared masked at their events. The Society held the last parade of the season, a grand event with flambeaux, marching bands and thematic rolling floats, all characterized by mystery, pomp and splendor. Invitations to its Mardi Gras ball were highly prized, and the scarce and beautiful invitations themselves became collectors' items. The Mistick Crewes of Momus and Proteus were founded soon after Comus, to promote similar purposes.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Skinner
Title: Fine Jewelry Auction
Date of the auction: 15 Sep 2009
Address: Skinner
Park Plaza 63
02116 Boston, MA
United States
+1 (0)617 3505400 · +1 (0)617 3505429