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    Patriotic Sons of America - Banner Fragment. The Patriotic Order Sons of America (P.O.S. of A) was founded in 1847 and is one of America's oldest Patriotic and fraternal societies. They were established as the Junior Sons of America, for young men by Dr. Reynell Coates of Philadelphia, PA, who mimicked the organization of the Masons. The society was affiliated with the nativist Know-Nothing Party (1844-1860) and waned after that party ceased to exist. It was then resuscitated in 1868. The P.O.S. of A and exists today, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.

    The fragment is a single-sided, 48" circular cloth with a silk hand-painted, single-needle, applique insignia on the obverse and a plain reverse, to which is affixed a mailing label dated 1946. The P.O.S. of A revere George Washington and his profile is the central feature of their symbol.

    When organized the P.O.S. of A was distinguished by its wariness of unrestrained immigration and its support of free public education for all. Currently their Platform of Principles states, "Next to love for the Creator, we believe that Patriotism is one of the highest and noblest desires of the human soul. We are a Patriotic/Fraternal organization that embraces the principles of Love, Forgiveness, and Grace; while recognizing the diversity of other faiths and cultures."

    In its heyday, 1870s to 1920s, the P.O.S. of A was responsible for the purchase and restoration of General George Washington's Headquarters in Valley Forge, PA, helping save the Betsy Ross Flag House in Philadelphia, PA, and saving the battleship USS Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flagship, now preserved in Philadelphia, PA.

    This is piece of Americana that would enhance a collection of P.O.S. of A, fraternal or patriotic artifacts.

    Condition: The POS of A fragment is in fair condition. It is used, worn and faded the silk obverse applique is split in several places.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

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