Odense's Fraternal Angling Society

Sash with pendant, c. 1820. Members of Odense's Fraternal Angling Society were prominent people who wore sashes with their dress coats. This sash is of silk and the pendant of silver. It is now at Møntergården in Odense. Photo: Jens Gregers Aagaard.

Banner from Odense's Fraternal Angling Society, c. 1820. On one side is a list of the catch from 1828-30, on the other the names of the society’s members. This banner is now at Møntergården in Odense. Photo: Jens Gregers Aagaard.

Silver drinking horn in the form of a pike, c. 1820. The pike's head could be removed when drinking from the horn. This horn belonged to Odense's Fraternal Angling Society and is now at Møntergården in Odense. Photo: Jens Gregers Aagaard.


'No water must an angler drink – that is our rule – never to be broken'. This was the motto of Odense's Fraternal Angling Society. Fishing was not the society’s first priority. Many deals were made in a boat with a fishing rod and a bottle of aquavit.

Who rules Funen? During the 19th century, the people of Funen had more influence on the local government. In the market towns, leading merchants were elected and, in the country, major farmers gained more power with the establishment of parish councils in 1841. During the next 100 years, still more people were given the right to vote at municipal elections including small landowners, domestic servants and, from 1909, women, too.
Unofficial power It was not just the establishment that influenced Odense and the city’s development. Elitist circles of rich merchants and tradesmen have exerted great influence throughout the entire history of the city. They were organised into societies and associations such as lodges, shooting clubs, etc. One of these was Odense’s Fraternal Angling Society which was established in 1818 for the city’s top people and officials.

This location is part of the exhibition 'Funen – at the centre of the universe', at Møntergården in Odense. Read more about the exhibition on our website.