A beautiful example of the type of pledge cards that were being produced in the late nineteenth century.
My mother had one similar produced by her Church in the 1920s. It wasn’t anywhere as ornate as the one above but still looked pretty special.
The Band of Hope, a society founded to protect children from the undesirable effects of alcohol, originated in Leeds, England in 1847.
‘Signing the pledge’ was an innovative way to encourage people to drink no intoxicants, except for medicinal or sacramental purposes.
The pledge is worded:
“I Promise by Divine Assistance to abstain from all intoxicating Liquors as beverages and discountenance all the causes and practices of Intemperance.”
via The Ephemera Society.