National United Order of Free Gardeners sash

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Date:1890 - 1920 (c.)

Description:Green silk sash of National United Order of Free Gardeners. White stripes running length of each edge. Gilt wire fringe at each end, run through at joint with red wire thread. Maker: G. Tutill, 83 City Road, London.

From the Ash Trees lodge of the National Order of Free Gardeners, based at Four Ashes, Enville.

The Free Gardeners were a friendly society founded in Scotland in the mid 17th century. As with other similar organisations, their aims were to share secrets of their profession and mutual aid. The charitable and mutual help role became dominant in the 19th century.

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Donor ref:67.193.0019 (37/24619)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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