Past Master’s Jewel

Title

Past Master’s Jewel

Description

Unlike lodge officer jewels, Past Master’s jewels were usually purchased by the lodge and then presented to the outgoing Master in appreciation of his leadership. The recipient wore his Past Master’s jewel to signify his experience. Following a Scottish model, Past Master’s jewels presented in America in the early 1800s often featured the Masonic symbols of a sun within compasses with a quadrant connecting the legs of the compasses. The brethren of The Massachusetts Lodge in Boston gave this engraved jewel to Thomas Redman (1773-1820) in 1809.

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Identifier

Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, GL2004.6653

Date

1809

Citation

“Past Master’s Jewel,” Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library Online Exhibitions, accessed October 26, 2021, https://srmmlonlineexhibitions.omeka.net/items/show/1127.

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