- Object Name: collar
- Accession Number: 2003.58
- Description: RAOB collar. Blue velvet collar, bearing a number of steel and enamel attachments identifying the order and the rank of the wearer; the buffalo head is surrounded by the order`s motto `Justice, Truth, Philanthropy`; Then branch name HONESTAS LODGE NO.1838.
The members of many benevolent societies wore regalia as a way of identifying ranks within the order. These items are usually bought from FC Parrys or Crest Regalia and are ordered for the lodge specifically.
The lettering on this blue velvet collar, belonging to the Honestas Lodge of Buffaloes, identifies it as having been worn by the City Register, the officer responsible for making sure that all members who enter the lodge record their name in the attendance book and pay the required registration fee. The fees are paid either weekly or annually and go to both the lodge and the Grand Lodge. If you become an honarary member with 4o years compliancee in the order then you no longer have to pay fees. The lodge was expelled from the order and was no longer in the Grand Lodge. It was named the Honestas lodge because it was based in Musselburgh, which is known as the "honest toun".
This one is considered a "visiting" collar used when visiting other lodges. It has more ornamentation than a "working collar". The other attachments denote the order (RAOB) and its motto (JUSTICE TRUTH PHILANTHROPY), and the name and number of the lodge. Each lodge designs their collars and so they are different for each lodge.
The roots of Buffaloism can, it has been argued, be traced to around the time of George IV. It was initially founded by travelling players in England to benefit their brethren. The organisation still plays a relevant role in society, undertaking a wide range of charitable and benevolent works.
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