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Masonic Pitcher, "Success to Trade"
1800-1810
Maker not marked
England: Liverpool or Staffordshire
Creamware, printed in black and painted in enamels
overall: 12-1/4"h 7-3/4"w x 10-5/8"d
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts
GL2004.1574

Transfer-printed Masonic creamware pitcher; one side shows printed floral border with Past Master's symbol of compasses, quadrant arc and ribbons above; scene painted within border shows three men in block-maker's shop, with one man having "Success to Trade" speech balloon; beneath spout is printed "HF / Junr." within square, compasses, and ribbon; on other side is printed standard image of Masonic symbols: checkered floor with J & B Columns to left and right along with plant sprigs; between columns are three candlestands, coffin, star with inset "G", keys, acacia, rooster, beehive, open Bible with overlaid square and compasses, plumb, level, crossed quills, "Memento Mori" banner, 47th Problem of Euclid, sun, moon, and Hope, Faith, and Charity female figures; above is square, compasses, and ribbon. On bottom is label: "1710".


For further information, see Newell, Aimee, et.al., "Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection", 2013, p. 46-47.



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