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1st and 2nd items: 2 Masonic Medals belonging to C.C. and Otto Giers, prominent father-son Nashville photographers. 1st item: Masonic 14K gold medal on green silk ribbon, top section engraved Ihreim Altmaster C.C. Giers von den Mitgliedern der Germania Loge no. 355 Fund A.M. Bruderlich gewidmet. 2nd section engraved den April 14 1873 orient Nashville Tenn., over a decorative third section with pierced openwork design of Mason's compass, engraved with various masonic symbols. 6" L overall. top section of two medals with ribbon: 12.7 grams; third section: 14 grams. Retains original silk lined leather clamshell case. 2nd item: Silver and gold-tone metal badge (back stamped "Silver") with Knight figure inside an arch, engraved Otto B. Giers 4-08-04 on front and Presented by Members of __ Battle Lodge, June 1 1894 and June 30 1894. 3"L. Retains original silk lined leather pouch. 3rd item: Brass Porter Rifles Belt Buckle belonging to Otto Giers, and photograph of Giers in his Drill Uniform, backstamp "Thuss Koellein and Giers (Successors to W.E. Armstrong)" Photographers 139 Union Street Nashville Tenn." Note: The crack military organization named The Porter Rifles (for Gov. James D. Porter), was organized in 1875. They were known as the best drilled company in America and won numerous prizes; their last competition was in 1883 and their final public appearance was at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897. Source: The Nashville Banner, Nov. 2, 1930). Buckle 3" x 2" with raised lettering "PR"; cabinet card photo – 5" x 8". Provenance: the estate of Giers descendant Sarah Hunter Hicks Green, formerly of Historic Devon Farm, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: 1st item: Medal is in excellent condition, but ribbon has become fully separated between second and third sections. Case hinge also fully separated; exterior is worn and interior is faded with some fraying. 2nd item: Some minor oxidation to metal, clasp does not close. Wear to pouch with frayed interior; separation at foldover. 3rd item: Buckle with minor oxidation, overall good condition; cabinet card has losses around the perimeter but center image of Giers is intact.