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Object ID # 2005.023.001
Object Name Ribbon, Fraternal
Title Loyal Orange Lodge Parade Badge From Sharon, Ontario
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Date Early 20th-century?
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Toronto, Ontario?
Description Loyal Orange Lodge No. 824 ribbon badge. The top has a metal decorative piece with a pinstem at the back. The obverse side of this piece is orange with an illustration of King William of Orange astride his horse and the dates 1688 and 1690. This piece has a brass edging. The obverse has two ribbons. One is purple with silver-coloured printing of "SHARON / L.O.L ./ No. 824" It is overlaid partially with a faded orange ribbon that was printed as well. The reverse side of the ribbon has a silver-printed black "In Memoriam" ribbon side to be worn at funerals. The side edges have a dull gilt border and the bottom has a dull gilt-coloured fringe (called bullion fringe).
Provenance Printed for the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 824 (Sharon, Ontario). Sharon was a hamlet located in Sullivan Township, Grey County. It consisted of a general store, a Lutheran church, and a public school. The store and the church were on the corner of Concession 12 and 13. There was an Orange Lodge in the community but it is not known if they had their own Lodge Hall, or if the meetings were held in homes of the membership.
About 1900, the Marmion Post Office was moved from a location 1 ¼ miles to the east, to the Sharon store, and it is assumed that Sharon more or less lost its identity, except for the local residents, and was now commonly called "Marmion". In a Directory of All Orange Lodges in or Existed in Ontario West Since 1830, Lodge number 824 is listed under "Marmion" in "County of Grey West". The ribbon badge belonged to the previous owner's father, Frederick John McClelland, who resided for a time on South ½ of Lot 11, Concession 12. Frederick was born on the East ½ Lot 12, Concession 13, SullivanTownship , a son of John and Fanny (Sparrow) McClelland.
Collection Organizational/Government Collection
Material Ribbon/Metal/Brass/Inks/Enamel
Dimensions W-7 L-22.5 cm
Found Ontario
People McClelland, Harvey
Subjects Sullivan Township
Fraternal Organizations
Loyal Orange Lodges
Search Terms Sharon L.O.L. #824 (Sullivan Township)
Loyal Orange Lodges