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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This pin I found with Dad's Masonic pins, but not sure it is Masonic. It is a tiny little thing, measuring a mere 5/8" long and I had trouble reading it. It features a deer with big antlers and a cross in between the antlers. It is marked SILVER on the back. Maybe green enameling around the outside edge? The deer is a bronze or gold tone, so I am unsure what that could be. The green (enameling?) depicts a belt with the buckle over the deer antlers and the Latin words "Virtutem Et Silentium Resititui" I have tried multiple times to find a meaning, with no luck. But I do find "Virtutem Et Silentium Restitui, which means "And back to the power of silence". It appears the last word is misspelled on the pin, adding an extra "i" after the "s".

    Anyone ever seen this? Can anyone tell me what the green or bronze/gold can be? Is it a fraternal pin of some sort? Anyone know the meaning of the pin? Any, any info would be wonderful! lol

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    1. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      The only thing I have to offer is that an elk with a cross between its horns is usually associated with St. Hubert, patron saint of hunters. As for the typo, I think you're right. :)
    2. OlofZ OlofZ, 6 years ago
      Interesting find! I think this is a Scottish clan crest. They have typically the leather strap as surrounding as on your badge. The stag and cross can be associated with both St Eustace and Saint Hubertus but your particular Stag and Cross is associated with King David I of Scotland and used on Scottish symbols. Here is one for the Canongate coat of arms:

      The Scottish Clan Badges all have the strap, e.g. this of Davidson:

      Maybe this could lead you somewhere?
    3. OlofZ OlofZ, 6 years ago
      Getting closer...
    4. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Oh wow! Thank you guys so much! Mom in law was born in Scotland, Dads parents were from England.

      Thank you katherinescollections! I thought I was losing it and typed it into Google 4 times to try & correct myself :)

      Thank you OlofZ! I will go to the links now and see what I can find out :)
    5. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      You're most welcome, JoyB, but looks like OlofZ has you on the right track, I wonder what he thinks of the "error" in the writing? :)
    6. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Good question katherinescollections!

      OlofZ, what do you think of the error in the writing?

      I wish we could "tag" people on here so they could see they were mentioned in a comment, kind of like Facebook, lol
    7. OlofZ OlofZ, 6 years ago
      You're welcome! Yes it must be a spelling mistake. Restitui would mean "to restore" or "to reinstate". Something like "reinstate power and silence" I interpret it more like "Restore law and order" or something along those lines... PS could be an Irish clan as well, given the apparently green colour on the strap and buckle.
    8. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Thank you OlofZ! I went to those links and am using some of their wording trying to figure it out, lol. Looking for them on Google images as well. I just love a mystery :)
    9. OlofZ OlofZ, 6 years ago
      Fun with mysteries, thanks for sharing! Btw, that particular cross is apparently a "cross crosslet fitchy". You learn something new every day..!
    10. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Wow! I've never heard of that. I will have to Google that as well :) Thank you so much OlofZ! You have been a tremendous help!
    11. Alan2310 Alan2310, 5 years ago
      Wish you and your 2017 is fill with, Peace, Love, Prosperity and love.
      All the best.

    12. Billywiz, 5 years ago
      Hi, I have an original of this item, still attached to its mounting card. It says, Supplied by; Alex Kirkwood & Sons
      13 Albany Street
      EH1 3Py 031 556 7843. Cant be very old with a post code?

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