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Hello Tom you have an indipendant order of Odd Fellows patriarchs militant branch buckle, the order first formed in the US in 1841 and they are a Masonic style secretive organisation. There aren't too many of them about and it's probably worth $50-60, hope this helps.
Thank you so much! I've had this for a couple of years and wasn't able to figure out what it was!
IOOF is NOT affiliated with the Masons. It is not secretive either. It is non-sectarian, non-religious and open to any adults. I grew up in Spokane, and there was an IOOF there. They have a kitchen, open to the public for lunch. I've eaten there several times. You have to be invited by a member.
Wikipedia has a starting date much earlier.
IOOF Patriarchs Militant uniform buckle. You can determine retail value by opening some of them.
I'm not offended at all. Actually when I got to looking at all their (IOOF) symbols you are absolutely right, some of them do look like Masonic symbols. I'm not a member of either organization.