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    Society of Cincinnati Membership Badge, 14 karat gold and enamels, 3.75" long including the ribbon. The badge is a drop-winged eagle with sharply pointed gold wings and white enamel tail. The long neck of the eagle joins a head with crest. The white legs rest on the green enameled wreath that rings the eagle's head. Gold-edged center discs are hand-painted deep blue and show three Roman senators at the house of the Cincinnatus, begging him to lead their armies. The white outer band is inscribed, "OMNIA. RELINQUIT. SERVARE. REMPUBLICAM." The reverse shows Fame with trumpet honoring the hero who drops his sword to return to farming. Band bears the inscription, "SOCIETAS. CINCINNATORUM. INSTITUTA. AD 1783." A gold jump ring joins the light-blue white-edged ribbon. The medal is unmarked and has a slotted brooch. Excellent condition.

    The Society of the Cincinnati is a patriotic organization with strict entrance rules that only allowed entrance to officers from the Continental and French armies who served at least three years, died while serving, or were officers at the time of the war's end. After that, membership was passed down to the eldest son. General George Washington was the society's first president. The society took its name from the Roman farmer Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus, who secured complete control of Rome during a military emergency. Once that emergency was over, Cincinnatus returned control to the Roman senate and went back to his farm. The motto of the society-"He gave up everything to serve the Republic"-reflects the tradition of the citizen soldier.


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