American Society Medals: An Identification Guide (Together with basic criteria for membership qualification in most of those societies whose medals are illustrated, plus historical notes and a color ribbon chart.) By Lee E. Bishop &
J. Robert Elliott. Originally published at $69.95 and now out of print. Most online book sellers are now asking $80 and up.
Web site special, $59.95 plus postage.
The book various groups & individuals have been awaiting for a hundred years & more! The first-ever reference on its subject! Medal Collectors, Medal & Antique Dealers, Numismatists, Lineage, Military & Patriotic Society Members, Historians, Students of Fine Art, Sociologists & others, will ALL find information of interest in this watershed reference: AMERICAN SOCIETY MEDALS by Lee E. Bishop & J. Robert Elliott, 320 pages, 8 1/2 X 11", hard-bound w/dust-jacket. With 640 high-resolution illustrations of the membership & other medals of over 200 Lineage, Military, Patriotic & other Societies, membership criteria, historical notes, detailed information on variations, etc. & 6 pages of color ribbon charts & full index. Formatted to allow easy comparison & determination of variations. This book will be the "Bible" on its subject for decades, if indeed, anything of this magnitude is EVER again attempted. The authors, both two-term Past-Presidents of the Orders & Medals Society of America, hold that Society's highest honors, & bring a combination of over 70 years collecting experience & research to this work.
From Amazon.com (where copies are available starting at $100). Review of Mark Howells (Puyallup, Washington):
"In 320 pages with 640 high resolution black & white photos, the authors cover the medals of over 200 societies.
Colonial descendant societies, Revolutionary War societies such as the Daughters/Sons of the American Revolution, Civil War societies like the Grand Army of the Republic and the Daughters of the Confederacy, are all well represented in these pages.
Medals from more obscure groups such as the Order of the White Crane and the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York are also represented.
The emphasis of the book is definitely on military and lineage societies rather than on Masonic or other fraternal organizations such as the Odd Fellows or Knights of Columbus.
Information about each pictured medal is included along with a potted history about the issuing society. Why the medal was issued, who it was presented to, and changes or variations if known are described.
If you have an old society medal saved as a keepsake in your family or if you have a photograph of an ancestor wearing a medal, this book may help you identify the organization to which they belonged."