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Masonic Partial Seal for Blazing Star Lodge
1800-1870
Maker not marked
USA: New Hampshire (probably)
Brass
overall: x 1 1/2 in.; x 3.81 cm
Gift of William E. and Arthur D. Taylor in memory of William E. Taylor, Sr.
91.044

Masonic Partial Seal for Blazing Star Lodge. Likely part of an embossing seal. Octagonal die sunk seal in intaglio with "[asterisk] BLAZING-STAR LODGE, CONCORD, N.H." within concentric circles around outer edge; within inner circle, around edge, "WISDOM STRENGTH BEAUTY"; at center, Masonic symbols of a square and compasses, a blazing star, and a trowel held in a hand; below these symbols, the founding date of the lodge expressed as, "Feby 13 5799". Around outer edge, at two opposing points of the octagonal perimeter, are two small circular holes.


For further information, see Hamilton, John D., "Material Culture of the American Freemasons," 1994, p. 174; and blog post, January 24, 2017, http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2017/01/now-on-view-signed-and-sealed-masonic-certificates.html



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