Ancient Order of United Workmen, organized immediately after the Civil War to provide security and death benefits to workmen, originally, on the railroads. As with all such societies of the period, membership was restricted and tenets regarding moral conduct and intoxicants were incorporated in the bylaws. The sword is of excellent quality with cross guard decorated with an anchor each end and shield shaped guard with the society’s initials and above a death’s hand and with significant remnants of gold on the hilt. The blade is finely decorated with considerable original gold ground and The M C Lilley Co maker’s name at the forte. The scabbard mounts repeat the motifs along with the Ten Commandment tablets. The anchors probably indicate a branch of the society for Maritime workers.