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- Object Name: sash
- Accession Number: 1344
- Description: purple with white edges and purple tassle on one end, embroidery in centre showing eye, stag, shield, globe, `Trustee`, `AOF`
Although simply a Friendly Society, which provided sickness and pension benefits to its members, the Ancient Order of Foresters adapted Masonic regalia and rituals for its own purposes.
This is a purple silk ribbon, closed at the ends with a purple cord tassel. The ribbon has a white border and, on one side, TRUSTEE above embroidered coat of arms itself above letters AOF and a motto.
The Ancient Order of Foresters had many separate 'Courts', in many towns and villages. The ethos of the Society was expressed by reference to a mythological fraternity of woodsmen and was reinforced by wearing ceremonial dress and carrying symbolic artefacts.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council Museums Service