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Knights of the Golden Eagle
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Order of the Eastern Star Presque Isle Commandery Knights Templar Grand Encampment
32nd & 33rd Degree Masons Shriners Free & Accepted Masons
 Subj:  RE: FHV
Date:  10/7/2002 3:34:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Oops, I should have waited 5 more minutes.  We are actually both mistaken.  That is not the "Knights Templar" that you have pictured there.  It's the "Knights of the Golden Eagle" "KGE".  Many fraternal organization, having "Knights" use the cross in the crown symbol.  There were too many "non-Knights Templar" or near-Templar symbols, but it just didn't look right to me.  I wanted to know what the "KGE" meant, which you did not mention.  John Emory Burbage founded the Knights of the Golden Eagle in the city of Baltimore, MD, February 6, 1873. The Order's motto is, "Fidelity, Valor, and Honor", which is the "FVH".

I have found at least two examples of this flagholder Both include the F. H. V. initials, the eagle at the top,
and the cross in the crown.

In a message dated 12/13/2011 9:48:42 PM Eastern Standard Time, xxxxxx  writes:
Ms. Tice:

While researching a fraternal piece which I bought at auction in Baltimore many, many moons ago, I happened upon photos which you posted of 2 flag holders of the Knights of the Golden Eagle.  Some good information: Thank you.  The site at which I found your pictures was this:

I'm attaching a few pictures of an iron KGE flag holder which I've owned for many years.   Apologies that the pictures are murky, but I just took them in the relative gloom of my house.  If of interest, I could try to take some outside shots at a later date.  From tip to tip, the holder measures 20 & 1/8" tall, and the width at the wings' widest is 10".

Just as a bit of explanation:  As stated previously, I bought this holder at a public auction of the estate of a well-known folk art collector perhaps 25 years ago.  Until I found your site, I didn't know what it was and thought it was simply some sort of memorial piece.  I'd long wondered why it had iron loops on its back side.  Now I understand that they were meant to hold a small flag pole/stick.  Unfortunately, there's absolutely no way to know the origins of this piece; e.g. what cemetery it may have come from -- if, indeed, it was ever actually used in a cemetery.  It's the only piece of its kind that I own, and now that I know its purpose I won't buy another.

If you have any information about this holder's vintage, I'd greatly appreciate hearing from you.

Thanks for your interest, time, and energies.


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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 06/05/2003
By Joyce M. Tice

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