USA, fraternal organizations
     Fraternal and sororal organizations were a big deal from the middle ages until fairly recently.  There are still a lot of them around.  Many of them do admirable service work, a few are weird, a smaller few are creepy.  Many of them organized themselves in a hierarchical structure, some with quasi-military ranks and ceremonies.  These latter were in the habit of awarding medals and badges for all kinds of things.

USA, Knights of Pythias, 16th Session Supreme Lodge Milwaukee, WIS. 1890, 50mm zinc with brass center, bronze ribbon hanger, spot, VF $45.00
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USA, Order of Rainbow merit badge with 7 SERVICE clasps, (1940s), Masonic auxiliary for girls, XF 15.00
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Bob Reis
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Raleigh NC 27611USA
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