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Masonic York Rite Partial Mark Jewel
1800-1820
Maker not marked
USA, probably
Watercolor on ivory
overall: 1-13/16"h x 1-3/8"w x .062"d; overall: 4.6 x 3.5 cm; not weighed
Special Acquisitions Fund
93.026

Masonic Mark Master's Medal; oval sheet of ivory with painted design of an eagle flying between the legs of a compass; suspended from beak by a blue ribbon is a delta (or triangle) encasing the letter "G"; around the border encircling the design appears a mnemonic "HTWSSTKS" associated with the Masonic Mark Master degree.


In the Masonic Mark Master degree, a Mason chooses a symbol to represent himself - often something that relates to his profession or a symbol from Freemasonry. Some men had these emblems made into badges that could be worn. For further information, see Hamilton, John D., "Material Culture of the American Freemasons," 1994, p. 145, 273.



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