Love seeing these Kevin!
Military Order of the Serpent Collection
Posted 17 February 2018 - 08:19 AM
JOS. MAYER & BROS
This badge is an earlier version with cut outs between the bolo hilts and skull.
Posted 27 March 2018 - 05:35 PM
First of all, I want to thank Kevin Beyer for this thread and for his correspondence over the past week concerning the Military Order of the Serpent. There is a tremendous amount of information here about a very obscure group and I find it all very fascinating.
I just learned about this group over the last week because I wanted to acquire a some Spanish American War pieces to inspire me why I study this period. This badge was kind of an incidental purchase since the auction also came with a United Spanish War Veterans type II badge. After reading this thread, I realized that this badge was unlike the others that typically arise in searches. So here's the badge.
Posted 28 March 2018 - 07:36 AM
The badge that EricJK shows in the previous post would have been worn by an attendee of the Military Order of the Serpent Supreme Convocation held in 1912 at Atlantic City, NJ. This event was held concurrently with the United Spanish War Veterans' 1912 National Encampment.
It is, in my opinion, one of the best examples of an M.O.S. Supreme Convocation badge there is.
Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:32 PM
I have finally submitted my article to JOMSA on M.O.S. officer insignia and past president badges. I am told it will be 6-12 months before it sees print. It seems like a long time, but I understand they work several issues ahead in order to maintain their regular bimonthly publishing schedule. I hope that people find it interesting.
Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:37 PM
Seeing as reunion badges don't quite fall under the same category of Orders and Medals, I thought it might be time to show what has taken me 18 years to amass.
Military Order of the Serpent Supreme Convocation Badges ranging from 1911 to 1920 (missing 1919)
Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:38 PM
Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:40 PM
Military Order of the Serpent Supreme Convocation Badges ranging from 1931 to 1940 (1935 missing ribbon)
Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:41 PM
Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:42 PM
Military Order of the Serpent Supreme Convocation Badges ranging from 1951 to 1960 (missing 1954-1960)
Posted 20 April 2018 - 06:26 AM
All I can say Is: WOW, Fantastic, Outstanding, Cool, Neat!
Posted 03 June 2018 - 07:53 AM
Posted 03 June 2018 - 08:12 AM
Thank you for sharing the image of his 26th Supreme Convocation badge. This reunion was held in New Orleans, La, in 1931.
Do you have any images of your great grandfather in uniform that you could share?
Posted 03 June 2018 - 11:28 AM
Posted 03 June 2018 - 11:57 AM
Thanks for the reply. If you haven't already, it would be great if you could share images of your g-grandfather's items. I am sure they would love to see them over in
U.S. Militaria Forum → US MILITARIA DISCUSSIONS → 18TH CENTURY-WWI US MILITARIA → SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR
Posted 04 June 2018 - 04:45 PM
Posted 29 September 2018 - 06:11 PM
My article entitled Military Order of the Serpent Officers' Insignia and Past Presidents' Badges has been published in Volume 69, Number 5 of the Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America. It is the feature article for this issue.
I am pretty pleased with the information I was able to include in this article. If you are interested in reading it, I feel that it is worth a look!
Posted 01 October 2018 - 07:55 AM
Excellent work Kevin!
So much hard work goes into writing these articles that I know it is a relief to see the finished article finally in print. I am glad that you were pleased with the way it turned out. Others will be too.
Posted 17 February 2019 - 02:26 PM
My latest acquisition might be one of the cornerstone pieces of my collection. I am not sure how I was fortunate enough to stumble across this one-of-a-kind piece. It just goes to show you that no matter what you collect, there are new treasures to be found.
The Military Order of the Serpent membership would send national delegates to their Supreme Convocations which were held concurrently with U.S.W.V. National Encampments. During these meetings the M.O.S. governing body, La Junta Nacional, would conduct business that would effect the operations of the organization for the upcoming year. Similar to other organizations, the M.O.S. president, the Supreme Gu Gu Grandississimo, would wield a gavel while officiating these meetings.
I have located and obtained a one-of-a-kind, folk art gavel which was crafted by one of the Snaix, dedicated to the organization, and used by the Supreme Lair S.G.G.G..
Posted 19 February 2019 - 10:36 AM
Folk art indeed. That is a neat gavel. Congratulations!
Posted 24 February 2019 - 12:34 PM
Amazing item Kevin! The possibility of that rare item just around the corner has always kept this hobby so exciting for me. Thanks for sharing!
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