Victorian Gold Filled Maple Leaf Enamel Locket
A delightful and wonderful collectible fraternal organization Woodman of America necklace locket style pendant from the turn of the 20th century! A red and green enamel maple leaf bearing crossed axes and the initials MWA is set on a round gold filled heavy lock shaped pendant with decorative scrollwork on the side. The back is completely smooth and although the piece does not open, it has the appearance of a locket. Superb piece measuring 1 1/4 inches from the bail to the bottom.
Joseph Cullen Root founded the Modern Woodmen of America in 1883 in Lyons, Iowa, as a fraternal benefit society. The organization’s rituals and symbols mixed “Roman dignity and forest freedom.” By 1910, the Modern Woodmen numbered one million members. Today, the Modern Woodmen of America are the third largest fraternal benefit society in the United States and count more than 773,000 members.