Monday, May 19, 2008

The Ring

The UFO Team is not sure where this particular item came from, but we have been able to determine who the previous owner was. We are also able to determine, based on the engravings, that it was yet another item from the International Order of Oddfellows.

The ring is housed in a small, white box. The box is held together in some places by what looks like white medical tape. The top of the box has a label from the jewelry store.

The ring is small and gold in color. The top is engraved with the initials of the owner as well as the triple rings indicative of the Oddfellows. There is also a number engraved that appears to be the lodge number. The ring is cracked all the way through one of the bands and does not connect at the bottom. This gives the impression it was a pinky ring.

Unique Marks:
The box has a printed label that says "L Smith, Jeweler, Lexington, Nebr."

The ring is engraved on the top with the initials "CBR" and the number "274." The three interlocking rings of the Oddfellows is also engraved.

The band bears the markings of "ESENC" on one side and "10K" on the other.

The previous owner (1908-1995) was an active member of the International Order of Oddfellows. The significance of the ring is unknown. The Oconto, Nebraska lodge was number 319 at one point, but the previous owner was a known member of lodge number 91 based in Dawson [presumably Dawson County or the city of Lexington] Nebraska.


- Numerous facts were gathered from the private Richard Family Estate collection. These facts span numerous sources of information and contain genealogical data, photos, and newspaper articles.

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