Jump to content

Military Order of the Serpent Collection

Recommended Posts

1 hour ago, Tolzer said:

This Order of the Serpents was owned by 1st LT. Starkey, 32nd Michigan Infantry.

Bayani Grade Member #1980, HARRY STARKEY, went by the Philippino name "Diego De Loma" and lived in Detroit, Michigan.  That is, according to my M.O.S. Bayani grade member ledger.

Nice, named badge to a member of the Snaix who served the organization on the national level.


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, Tolzer said:

Never knew there was an existing member ledger.

What is the Snaix?

To the best of my knowledge, there is only one (incomplete) existing ledger for Bayani grade members number 1 - 2023 and it is in my possession.  I estimate that there were on the order of 5000 Bayani grade members in total.  Is there another ledger somewhere?  Possibly, and I would love to own it.

"The Snaix" is a play on words for "The Snakes" and used as a colloquial reference to the Military Order of the Serpent. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 5 weeks later...

I have always wanted a die used for creating M.O.S. or M.O.L. membership badges.  I just obtained one manufactured by the M.C. Lilley company of Ohio to create M.O.S. reunion badges like the one depicted from the 1928 Grand Convocation in Chillicothe, Ohio.



From The Autry Museum of the American West:


M.C. Lilley & Co. was founded by Mitchell C. Lilley (1819-1882), a bookbinder and publisher from Columbus, OH. It began producing swords and military regalia in 1865. On Lilley's death in 1882, the firm became known as The M. C. Lilley & Co., and expanded to a complete line of military equipment, swords, uniforms and accessories. The company purchased the Henderson-Ames Company (a merger of the Henderson firm of Kalamazoo, MI, and the Ames Sword Company) and changed its name to The Lilley Co. in 1925. In 1931 it became known as The Lilley-Ames Co. See also: Ames Manufacturing Company or N. P. Ames Company



Link to post
Share on other sites


Extremely very excellent!

HONORING FAMILY LtCol Wm Russell (1679-1757) VA Mil; Pvt Zachariah McKay (1714-97) Frederick VA Mil; BrigGen Evan Shelby, Jr (1719-94) VA Mil; Pvt Vincent Hobbs (1722-1808) Wythe VA Mil; Pvt Hugh Alexander (1724-77); Lt John R. Litton (1726-1804); Bvt BrigGen/Col Wm W. Russell (1735-93) 5th VA Rgmt; Lt James Scott (1736-1817); Capt John Murray, Sr (1747-1833); Capt John Sehorn, Sr (1748-1831) VA Mil; Pvt Corbin Lane (1750-1816) Franklin/TN Mil; Cpl Jesse D. Reynolds (1750-1836) 5th VA Rgmt; Capt. Solomon C. Litton (1751-1844); 1Lt Christopher Casey (1754-1840) SC Mil; Pvt Mark Adams (1755-1828); Pvt Randolph White (1755-1831) Bailey's Co. VA Rgmt; Capt. John R. Russell (1758-1838); Pvt Joseph T. Cooley (1767-1826) Fort Hempstead Mil; Pvt Thomas Barron (1776-1863) 1812; Capt. John Baumgardner (1787-1853) VA Mil; Pvt Joel Estep (1828-1864) Co B 5th KY Inf CSA & US; Pvt George B. Bell (1833-1910) Co C 47th IL Inf US; Cpl Daniel H. Barron (1838-1910) Co B 19th TN Rgmt Inf CSA; Capt Richard K. Kaufman (1908-1946) 7th PRG/3rd AF CCU; T-5 Vernon L. Bell (1926-95) 1802nd Spec Rgmt; PO2 Murray J. Heichman (1932-2019) HQSB/MCRD; PFC Jess Long (1934-2017) US Army; PFC Donald W. Johnson (1931-) 43rd ID HQ; A1C Keith W. Bell (1931-2011) 314th TCW; A3C Michael S. Bell (1946-) 3346th CMS; A1C Sam W. Lee (1954-2017) 2d BW; AW3 Keith J. Price (1975-) VP-10; 1Lt Matthew Wm Bell (1985-) 82nd Abn/SOC

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...
  • 5 months later...

Are you referring to the 1928 Supreme Convocation (reunion) badge from Havana, Cuba?



These are the best images I could get with my camera.  (This particular example has some lacquer on it.)  At the bottom it says, "MADE / IN / U.S.A." and has a circular symbol.  I cannot make out if it is a Lilley maker's mark.


If this does not answer your question, please let me know.




Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry about that.  You were most likely referring to the 1928 M.O.S. Grand Convocation in Chillocothe, Ohio.  The badge being made by the Lilley Company, perhaps with the very die I showed above.  The reverse, as shown below, has the following text "THE LILLEY CO. / COLUMBUS, O. "



Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.