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Watch Papers with Masonic Symbols
ca. 1825
Maker not marked
Place made not marked
Watercolor on paper
b: 2"dia; c: 1-3/4"h x 1-1/2"w; d: 1-3/4"dia; overall: a: 5-1/4"h x 5-1/4"w
Gift of Gertrude W. P. Godshalk

a: 5 attached circles; b: circle with 4 red hearts c: X shaped, white and red, 2 hearts woven together, "LJS" on reverse; d: circular, white with ink drawing of man in cemetary Watch Papers with Masonic symbols; eight circles, (may have been watch paper or other jewelry) with Masonic and memorial designs; central circle has urn, willow, plinth, reading "C. E./ May Angels guard/ her sleeping dust" in watercolor; top circle has cut-work center in pink surrounded by roses and vines painted in pink and green; left circle has a square and compasses enclosing "G" with blue ribbon painted in watercolor; right circle has square and compasses and Bible surrounded by grapes and vines; lower circle has entwined triangles enclosing "E" with letters "UNO TRIO JUNCTO" in watercolor; a single circle has graveyard scene of a man with crutch, and child, mourning at a grave, in watercolor; single circle with orange-colored cut-work hearts; single circle formed from bands of pink and white cutwork; written on back of the circles that form the central section "Search the scriptures/ Heaven gives us friends/ To bless the present scene/ Removes them/ to prepare for the next."/ Young/ Oct 27th 1825/ "Lean not on earth,/ I will pierce thee to the heart;/ A broken reed, at best;/ But, oft, a spear;/On its sharp point, peace bleeds, /And hope expires."/Young/ Remember your friend/ March 26th 1820."

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