Pair Of Rare Edwardian 'Royal Antediluvian Order Of Buffalo's' Heads.


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A pair of rare hand painted wooden 'Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes' heads.

With oval flip over signs, Liberty Hall (informal meeting), Strict Order (formal Meeting).

Each with candle holders mounted on the horns.

Dimensions - 68cm Wide, 46cm Tall. 20cm deep including standing bracket.


The Order's motto "No Man Is At All Times Wise" (Latin: Nemo Mortalium Omnibus Horis Sapit) and has the maxim of "Justice, Truth and Philanthropy".


History- Origin in London

The order has a Rule Book, Manual of Instruction and Ceremony Lectures issued and revised by the Grand Lodge of England based at Harrogate in England. The 'lodge' description for branch organisation and headquarters was adopted in imitation of Freemasonry but RAOB is completely open in its objectives, activities and ritual. The RAOB was begun in the Harp Tavern (opposite the Drury Lane Theatre) by the artist Joseph Lisle and comedian William Sinnett along with other stage hands and theatre technicians in August 1822. It drew its then name of The Buffaloes from a popular song of the time We’ll chase the Buffalo. This first meeting is historically the Phoenix Lodge No.1. As members toured the country with various shows lodges were opened in other towns.

During the 19th century the Order spread throughout the British Commonwealth and Lodges now exist in Britain, Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Middle East, India, Africa, Gibraltar[2] and Cyprus