Jewels of Office

Senior Warden

Senior Warden, 1840-1860

United States

Museum Purchase, 2001.070.1

In Masonic and fraternal organizations, the group’s officers wear different badges that indicate their roles, such as Master or Secretary. These jewels take the shape of a symbol important to the organization, such as the square, the emblem of the lodge Master and a symbol of virtue in Freemasonry. Some are formed from emblems that reflect the work of a particular office. A lodge secretary, for example, wears a badge in the shape of crossed pens.

Plate Number 26 from <em>The True Masonic Chart</em>

Plate Number 26 from The True Masonic Chart, 1820

Written by Jeremy Ladd Cross (1783-1860), illustrated by Amos Doolittle (1754-1832)

New Haven, Connecticut

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library

Lodge Master

Lodge Master, 1865

Henry Cushing (1833-1894) 

Windsor, Vermont

Gift in Memory of Jacques Noel Jacobsen, 2008.038.35.

Lodge Master

Lodge Master, ca. 1855

Samuel Broadbent (1810-1880)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Special Acquisitions Fund, 88.42.9

Officers' Jewels

Officers' Jewels and Receipt, 1796-ca. 1820 

Paul Revere (1735-1818)

Boston, Massachusetts

Extended loan from Washington Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Lexington, Massachusetts, EL76.004a-m

Lodge Master