Unknown Emblem

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7th Mississippi Infantry

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Collectively, we can usually solve such mysteries, but this one may be harder to solve than usual.

My first thought is that it's a medallion of a secret society/fraternity of some sort.

But who knows.

It appears to be possibly a version of a Maltese Cross ?

But that symbol was used by more groups than one can imagine.

Anyway, don't give up on trying to solve this mystery . . . and also, welcome to Civil WarTalk !
 
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It looks like what we call in France "breloque de chaîne de montre" (Watch chain charm?). In later XIXth and early XXth century, man used to hang that kind of bauble to their Watch chains. For me, the first photo looks later than 1860, according to the hats, mostly the bowler. I'd say 1880-90. On the first photo, the man with the moustache have a medal that reminds me of the "southern crossof honor", but I ve never seen it with a circle around. The other man have a fantasy jewel, maybe with gems or glass insert. For what I can see on the second photo, it looks like a star.
 
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