F.C.B 1874 / KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS / 8x11cm
1874 Knights of Pythias member medal. Coin silver body with copper front design and functioning pin ribbon. The silver has a stylized floral design and the attached design is that of a knight with breastplate and 2 battle axes over a shield. An eagle adorns the top of the knight's helmet. The pin attachment is a ribbon design over a shield. The letters FCB are on the Knight's shield.
The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization and secret society  founded at Washington, DC, on 19 February 1864. The Knights of Pythias was the first fraternal organization to receive a charter under an act of the United States Congress. It was founded by Justus H. Rathbone, who had been inspired by a play by the Irish poet John Banim about the legend of Damon and Pythias. This legend illustrates the ideals of loyalty, honor and friendship that are the center of the order.