Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this Rare Water Cooler Riser. It was used to raise a water cooler up so that a glass could be placed under the spigot.
It reads, "Sir Knight H. C. Kuntze, K.O.T.M., O.T.W., Simaville, Tent No. 122."
The initials stand for the Knights of the Maccabees of the World, a fraternal order begun in London, Ontario, Canada in 1878, They took their rituals from the Great Maccabees of Israel that overthrew the Greek Seleucid rule in 143 BC and founded the Hasmonean Dynasty.
They called their individual groups "Tents" after the Maccabees. This water cooler riser was made for H. C. Kuntze who was a knight in the order in the tent meeting in Simaville, Ohio.
The riser was likely made in Southern Ohio and comes from the great collection of James Murphy. I bought it in May 2015 and have never listed it.
This riser features an incised wavy line and incised history around the middle. Measures 4 1/2" tall and 9" wide.
Good Condition. A 1/4" chip inside the rim, a faint hairline from the rim (closeup) and a glued crack from the rim with chipping at the base as shown.
A rare piece of Ohio fraternal history.
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