It just showed up at the Museum, this mysterious metal collar displayed below. A man’s name, an address, and a city were engraved on it. That was all that there was to go on. The collar begged the questions, who was this man, what was the address, how old is the collar, and what is its history?
The man’s name engraved on the collar is Ogden Mills Reid. Ogden Mills Reid was born in 1882 into a very wealthy New York City high society family. His father, Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912), had bought the New York Tribune from Andrew Greely.
Ogden led the genteel life of the very wealthy. As printed in a New York Times article of June 23, 1900, “The (passenger ship) St. Paul, which is due today, from Cherbourg (France), brings a large passenger list. Among those expected to arrive are….Ogden Mills Reid…” He was eighteen at the time and traveling alone in France. Then again, printed in the New York Times, on July 26, 1903, “Many of his (Reid’s) vacations have been passed abroad in traveling”, and in the January 18, 1912 edition of the same paper, “Ogden Mills Reid….after graduation from the Yale Law School in 1904, took an extensive trip abroad.” Ogden attended the University of Bonn, Germany, before graduating from Yale.*
*Camp Pasquaney Archives, Author: Virgil Mores Hillyer
It is thought that during this time, the Collar was created and worn. Ogden would have been alone in Paris for extended times during this period, and the Palace would have been at his disposal.
According to the maker’s mark on the collar,
the collar was fabricated by a silversmith in Glasgow, Scotland. It may be made of silver, however more testing is necessary.