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Collectors of Tamegonit Lodge know that the first patch issued was the A1 arrowhead neckerchief patch. It is the largest arrowhead from 147, measuring 110 mm tall. A majority of the arrowhead patches I have seen have blue detailing in the totem pole and in the split shingle sign at the base of the pole (the Tennessee-shaped part). Here is an example from my collection, it is an A1b (the ‘b’ variety has pale blue details):

A1b - the 'b' variety has pale blue details

Over the years at least three versions of the A1 have surfaced with white details in place of blue. Here are the examples:

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Some might speculate that the blue threads have faded over time to turn white. I have looked closely at two of them and there did not appear to be any residual blue in the threads. Another counter argument to the faded theory is this: wouldn’t the other colors in the patch (red and brown) be faded as well?

  • Does anyone have one of these in their collection?
  • Was the patch factory out of blue thread that day?
  • What should this be called? A1d?
  • Any other theories on why the threads are white?
  • UPDATE:  Another instance of the white thread A1 has surfaced in a recent eBay auction.

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    Many lodge members and collectors are familiar with the arrowhead patches (A1, A2, and A3) that were among the first pieces of memorobilia issued by the lodge.   This patch was typically sewn to a neckerchief to indicate a Scout’s membership in the Order of the Arrow.

    A1b - the 'b' variety has pale blue details

     To complement the neckerchief, a neckerchief slide of the same design was also available to lodge members.   Two standard neckerchief slides are known to exist, each made of layered wood construction and hand painted with four colors (white, blue, brown, red).  The layered wood design provides relief to raise the totem pole and border above the background.  One measures 2 9/16 inches in height and the other is 2 15/16 inches in height.  The smaller wooden slide was made by a Scouter from Lawrence, Kansas.  These were sold privately for $1, not through Tamegonit Lodge or Camp Naish.    Additionally, a plastic version of the slide exists.  This slide has a plastic neckerchief holder on the back that is glued to the plastic arrowhead body.  Additional homemade versions are known to exist, two examples are shown in the image below.

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     The scout shown in the picture below has yet another version of the slide, which appears to be larger than the slides in my collection.

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    Does anyone know who this Scout is?

    If you have more information about the slides, please pass it along.

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