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Masonic Belt Plate for Elnathan Holmes, Jr.
Maker not marked
Place made not marked
Silver, copper
overall: 2-3/16"h x 5-1/4"w x .036"d (without hooks on back); overall: 5.6 x 13.3 cm; weight: 63.2 g
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts

Oval-shaped silver-tone Masonic Mark medallion. The front has several symbols including a square and compass with lettering between the compass points reading, "Vide, Aude, Tace." Other symbols pictured include an all-seeing eye with stars and clouds, a hand holding a tassel, a key, a moon, a sword, a sun, part of a house, and compasses with a plumb and level. The medallion is engraved "5787" and "Elnan. Holmes Junr." On the back are two "clasps."

For further information, see Newell, Aimee, et.al., "Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection", 2013, p. 74-75; and blog post, February 26, 2013 http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2013/02/david-h-coles-belt-plate.html