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Pair of Masonic Columns with Globes
ca. 1840
Maker not marked
USA: Ohio
Wood; paint
overall assembled: 93"h x 17-1/2"w x 17-1/2"d; a-b: 73"h x 17-1/2"w x 17-1/2"d;
Special Acquisitions Fund
89.47a-d

Pair of Masonic Columns with Globes a-b: painted columns with painted decoration in gold, black, red, white, and brown; tops of columns have painted acanthus leaves; surmounted by globes; a: letter "J" on square base; b: letter "B" on square base; c: terrestrial globe; d: celestial globe with stars.


For further information, see blog post, May 13, 2010 http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2010/05/sharing-comments-on-the-initiated-eye.html and see Hamilton, John D., "Material Culture of American Freemasons," 1994, p. 67.