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Unidentified Man with Masonic Past Master Jewel
ca. 1858
Maker not marked
USA
Ambrotype, glass, leather, metal
overall: 3-3/4"h x 3-1/4"w x 1/2"d
Special Acquisitions Fund
88.42.27

Sixth-plate ambrotype portrait of unidentified man wearing Masonic Past Master jewel on coat. Half case of leather, glass and metal.


The subject of this portrait wears a Past Master's jewel with his street clothes. Past Master's jewels were typically presented to members who had served as the leader of their lodge to recognize their service and experience. In many jurisdictions, Past Master's jewels are in the shape of a rayed sun within a compasses and quadrant, as pictured here.