Another advertisement from the 1912 Universalist Register was for the “Cross and Crown” system of pins and accessories, to award Sunday School participation. You still see these for sale in old-fashioned church supply stores, but while there used to be named versions for all major denominations, you hardly see any other than Baptists today; the generic “attendance” variety prevail today. And they’re not nearly so refined as the one I saw some years ago: the treasured possessions of elder Universalists, kept from childhood.
Back in 2002, I bought up the last of the Universalist “Cross and Crown” pins from Whittemore’s, a much loved but now defunct New England church supply house.
3 Replies to “Universalist Register 1912: Cross and Crown!”
The Universalist Church in Muncie has a “Cross and Crown” Sunday School banner, with the congregation’s old name “St John’s Universalist Church”.
First Parish Church in Dorchester MA (Unitarian) had Sunday School pins when I was there; I appropriated one for myself.
I recently bought a collection of Cross and Crown pins and as I know very little about them I wondered where
I can find out any history on the badges are they mainly American is there a collectors club any catalogues or books on manufacturer’s what does the different colours signify any information on collecting these fascinating badges would be appreciated
I am a member of the Salvation Army and a collector of Salvation Army badges