MASSACHUSETTS. BOSTON. Certificate of Membership. black. Shortly before the Revolutionary army was disbanded in 1783, a number of American officers (led by General Henry Knox) formed an organization whose chief aim was to establish a fund for war widows and orphans. The group took its name from the Roman citizen-general Cincinnatus, and George Washington served as its first president. Membership was made up of army officers and their eldest male descendants. The Society was divided into state organizations, and the certificate offered here was issued by the Massachusetts chapter (one of the last surviving state groups) in 1893. Very large format piece with design of heroic themes - a soldier in full armor with an American flag, eagle and lion, treading on broken British flags and chasing Britannia away from America to the British fleet offshore. Very impressive document, printed on vellum.
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