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Masonic Scottish Rite Snuffbox
ca. 1800
Maker not marked
Pressed horn
overall: 1 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/8 in.; 2.8575 x 9.525 x 5.3975 cm
Museum Purchase

Black rectangular pressed horn snuffbox with hinged lid; lid decorated with raised design of symbols pertaining to the higher Scottish Rite Masonic degrees; design includes a Rose Croix beneath open compasses on a three-step dias. At left, a Nineva (square) and trowel, and a Broached Thurnal (axe embedded in cubical stone); at right, a beehive, and sword surrounded by nine flames (Knights Elect of Nine). In a horizontal panel above, an arched bridge and skull-and-crossbones (Knight of the East of Sword), and a serpent eating fruit in the Garden of Eden (Lodge of Adoption, i.e. feminine Masonry).