UAOW Ceremonial Sword with Scabbard
An AOUW ceremonial sword with scabbard. The initials AOUW stand for ‘Ancient Order of United Workmen.’ This fraternal organization, much like the Masons, was founded after the Civil War. The sword and scabbard probably date to the last quarter of the 19th century. It has ‘Select Knight’ printed on the sword with a skeletal hand on the scabbard. the knight and axes are on the hilt, the knight’s helm on the pommel.