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Old 06-23-2019, 04:50 PM
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That 1930 ad intrigues me. Balfour became Pi Beta Phi's official jeweler prior to 1920. Unless Letzeiser was an authorized Balfour agent, I don't know why they would advertise as an official jeweler.

Wish I could offer some help on the badge.
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:04 AM
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I'm Jewish.

The letters are Resh-He (Resh is the one on the right hand side the He is the one on the left"), Hebrew is read from right to left.

Definitely *not* Pe-et.

That's a VII, not an XII above it.
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:28 AM
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Thanks Navane. Looked at the links you sent and din't find any correlation to the pin. Have been going through list on the Letzeiser ad & when I googled checkmate & Battle Axe a reference to a book came up where the author refers to these organizations. The book is entitled " The University of Oklahoma, Vol II by David W. Levy. I'm still looking through the book online. I'd imagine most of the non frat / sorority groups listed were in or close to Oklahoma as that is where Letzeiser did business. There is a U of O magazine called SOONER which is where the ad I posted is from. It's available online digitized and I am also searching there for info. Thanks for your input.

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I'm Jewish.

The letters are Resh-He (Resh is the one on the right hand side the He is the one on the left"), Hebrew is read from right to left.

Definitely *not* Pe-et.

That's a VII, not an XII above it.

Ok, good to know. From what I was reading, the letter Resh is traditionally associated with the word or concept of "head", "first", or "top". The letter He appears to have been traditionally used as the word "the" or even "behold!" to emphasize the associated object. So, I would put those together to mean "the top". That would make sense for Pe-Et (whatever that stands for) since the members were supposedly at "the top" of their class. At least, that's where I was kinda going with it....

Any idea which organization it is from then?


Reference resh: https://www.ancient-hebrew.org/alpha...ters_resh.html

Reference he: https://www.ancient-hebrew.org/alpha...tters_hey.html
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Ok, good to know. From what I was reading, the letter Resh is traditionally associated with the word or concept of "head", "first", or "top". The letter He appears to have been traditionally used as the word "the" or even "behold!" to emphasize the associated object. So, I would put those together to mean "the top". That would make sense for Pe-Et (whatever that stands for) since the members were supposedly at "the top" of their class. At least, that's where I was kinda going with it....

Any idea which organization it is from then?
The problem is that the Resh is first... I've seen Hebrew on pins before, but most that I've seen have had at least some Jewish connection, and I'd expect that to be more likely from the Northeast.
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