Oddfellows apron; Unknown maker; Unknown; CR1986.043.2


Oddfellows apron

About this object

Oddfellows apron with emblem printed in cente. Emblem is surrounded by gold lace (scallop pattern) and purple border with silver lace. Gold badges are places in bottom corners. The apron is surrounded by gold fringe. Inscriptions on top "Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity" and lower:"Amicitia, Amor et Veritas"
The Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity Friendly Society Limited, also called the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows; trading as The Oddfellows, is a fraternal order founded in Manchester in 1810. Some of its lodges claim histories dating back to the 18th century. These various organisations were set up to protect and care for their members and communities at a time when there was no welfare state or National Health Service. The aim was and still is to provide help to members and communities when they need it. The friendly societies are non-profit mutual organisations owned by their members. All income is passed back to the members in the form of services and benefits.


Unknown maker

Maker Role


Date Made



1810 onwards

Medium and Materials


Inscription and Marks

"Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity" and lower:"Amicitia, Amor et Veritas"


H 480mm x W 460mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Clothing & accessories

Subject and Association Keywords

Commemorative object

Subject and Association Keywords


Credit Line

From the Collection of the Cromwell Museum

Object Type

Ceremonial regalia

Object number


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