A.O.F.
Unity, Benevolence & Concord

(registered 21 June 1874)

Woven by H. Slingsby and Sons.

Reference Number:-  
osl 208  
 

Same bookmark type ribbon, except with black background
Bookmark type ribbon with image of all seeing eye, stag above Foresters shield, and title letters and words
the image of this bookmark
was kindly donated by
Georg Hartong, The Netherlands

Words:

top motif of all seeing eye

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

stag,
above Foresters shield

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A. O. F.

ribbon with words:

UNITY,
BENEVOLENCE
& CONCORD

 
Size of Silk:

18.7cm long by 6.2cm wide

Alternative back-ground colours:
Green
Black
Comments:
by Godden:
This silk is not listed by Godden, even though he later records the design as having been registered.

Other comments:
Signed " H. SLINGSBY & SON. MANUFACTURERERS.(sic) NUNEATON. " on the top turn-over:

 
woven credit on reverse top turnover of this bookmark

Godden records this design as having been registered on 21 June 1874. Rather than weaving in the Diamond Registration mark, Slingsby tended to stamp it on the back of his silks, using ink. There is just such a stamped Diamond Registration mark on the reverse of both the black and green background ribbons, although it is too indistinct to be able to read the date.

The black background ribbon has a pin sewn into the top turnover, so the ribbon could be worn as a badge.

The initials, A.O.F., are for " Ancient Order of Foresters, " a non-masonic Friendly Society originating in Leeds in 1834.
 


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