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 This is one of several items that came from a New England Gallery that procured numerous collections of early Fraternal Society Ceremonial items from Masonic Temples and Odd Fellows Lodges in New York, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. Most of the items were from the late 1800s to early 1900s and depicted Clothing, Regalia and Armaments from the Medieval Renaissance and Crusades eras up to the American Civil War era. These items would have been manufactured by various companies that made Clothing, Regalia and Ceremonial weaponry for the hundreds of different Society organizations. Some items such as ceremonial swords and clothing were manufactured by the same companies that supplied weapons and gear for the civil war, such as the Ames Sword Company of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. All of the items in my collection were represented as being from Masonic Knights Templar temples or Independant Order of Odd Fellows Lodges. Upon doing extensive research I assume the later. These items are used and very old, and some wear is to be expected.

Great items for the Collector or for Masquerade.

This particular piece is a Ceremonial Tunic or Robe that would have been worn perhaps by a Medieval Priest or Cleric. It is made from a golden brown cotton material that has a rubberized coating on the inside. It is decorated with gold colored embroidery braiding and stitching. This tunic snaps in the front and has a braided rope belt stitched to the back that wraps around and ties; the snaps have a patent date of February 17, 1903 and are the same snaps used on the Ward-Stilson Surcoat in the second to last picture. This Tunic would have been manufactured in the same time period shortly after the surcoat. The last five pictures are of additonal items that I acquired along with this tunic. This Ceremonial Tunic is in very good shape but does need a good ironing.

 This Tunic would be approximately a men's size large. Measurements as follows, laying flat:

  • Arm Pit to Arm Pit- 25 inches

  • Top of shoulder across the back to top of shoulder- 18 1/2 inches 

  • Base of the collar to the bottom hem- 56 inches

  • Waist-28 inches  

This Tunic was made by the C.E. Ward Company of New London Ohio. The Ward-Stilson Company was in business under that name from 1891 to 1905. Ed Stilson, C. E. Ward's brother in law, paid Ward for his share of the business in 1905 and went off to open his own business. Ward continued on as the C.E. Ward Company and operated it until his death in 1943. Then the business was run by three sons in sequence, each after the death of the prior. The company was finally sold in 1968 to a company from New York.


The Chapeau (hat, helmet), spear, sword, and other garments are displayed for reference and are not being sold with the tunic. 

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