Does anyone know anything about this pin? After years of research I have come up empty handed. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Unfortunately, we do not physically have the pin. It's image is taken from a very old photograph. I can tell you that in the original, the pin looks to be of a metal, and gold in color. Sadly, that is all we have to go off of.
Probably it's a five-pointed star version of the Red Hand of Ulster, I saw pins in different forms, 6 pointed stars, shield-like, circle, etc
That is a possibility. Thanks. What bothers me is that the Hand of Ulster is always fingers pointing upward. In this pin, the hand is pointed to the side. In the photograph it is the only adornment, so I am doubtful that it was mistakenly positioned when pinned. Also, to position the pin with the hand pointed upwards would require the needle be pinned vertically on the jacket which would be awkward.
>to position the pin with the hand pointed upwards would require the needle be pinned vertically on the jacket which would be awkward.
So you were in possession of this pin at some point?
ok beginning to get information... so this was a photo of a person wearing it. Is this a political figure or a family member or something? Why are you researching the pin? Do you have some sort of background on this person? Societal membership? Religious practices? Law enforcement? Government? Anything at all?
The individual was a Methodist, political affiliation is unknown. He was born in Kansas in the late 1870's, of Irish decent, deceased roughly 1902. He was a law enforcement officer; a town Marshall in either Utah or Kansas.
Why would /his/ send you here?
Ok the best Ive got is that the Independent Order of Odd Fellows uses a five pointed star with an open hand in its center, though it differs quite a bit from that one. They were formed before this individuals death and had a presence in the american west at the time. Its not impossible that it was a symbol of membership.
However the fact that he was a law enforcement officer seems a MUCH more likely origin for the five pointed star. Perhaps the open hand was the symbol of some group sponsored by the mashalls/sheriff between law enforcement and the citizenry.
I really dont think this has much occult/supernatural significance.