Fraternal fobs for pocket watches including Knights of Columbus, Moose, Elks, Rotary, Knights of Pythias, Knights of the Maccabees, Oddfellows, Woodsmen of AmericaFobs with fraternal roots for pocket watches including Knights of Columbus, Moose, Elks, Rotary, Knights of Pythias, Knights of the Maccabees, Oddfellows, Woodsmen of America, etc. Many people collect these interesting and historical relecs.
KTOM Knights of the Maccabees
The Knights of the Maccabees were a fraternal and benevolent "legal reserve society." Families of deceased members received benefits in the form of legal-reserve insurance. All white persons of sound health and good character, from birth to 70 years of age, were eligible for membership. Their name comes from the Biblical Maccabees. In the 1890s it provided not only death benefits but also sick benefits of $4 to $10/week; total and permanent disability benefits of $50, $200, or $300 annually (depending on the size of your assessment); $175-$2000 for loss of hands, eyes, feet, etc.; funeral benefits, and so on. "Coal miners" - "aeronauts" and other dangerous professions excluded. Manufacturers, sellers, and drinkers of alcohol also excluded. The Maccabees were one of the more successful of fraternal benefit societies which sprung up after the Civil War and in 1962, their fraternal activities ceased and they became a life insurance company that exists yet today.