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Object Name BADGE
Catalog Number 0985.07.00080
Date 1887
Description The badge is stamped gold-tone metal with synthetic diamonds, rubies, pink stones and emeralds. There is a red, yellow, and green grosgrain ribbon that has a crown-shaped pin that attaches to the center piece. The top portion is a gold and pink crown that has two synthetic emeralds and pink sideway diamonds around the base. The lower portion is a metal lyre with ridged dots; behind the lyre are gold-tone metals that are giving off the idea of rays of light.
Some of the rays have little circles on them; there are eight rays that have synthetic jewels on them.
Going in order of a compass rose:
North- synthetic ruby and emerald,
Northeast- synthetic ruby, emerald and pink stone
East- two small synthetic emeralds
Southeast- synthetic ruby and emerald
South- synthetic ruby
Southwest- synthetic ruby and emerald
West- small synthetic pink stone and emerald
Northwest- two synthetic rubies and an emerald in the middle
In the center of the lyre is a group of synthetic diamonds encircleing a gold cirlce that has gold writing that reads "REX N. O. 1887" embossed on its face with a red background.
Dimensions H-5 W-3.5 inches
Owned Varina Anne Davis (Winnie)
Provenance This badge was sent to Winnie Davis on the occasion of her being the Queen of Comus at Mardi Gras in 1887.

"A Badge sent to Varina Anne Davis in memory of her having been Queen of Comus"
People Davis, Varina Anne (Winnie)
Search Terms Comus
Mystic Society
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras
Subjects women