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Mahogany; sulfur (sulphur); ink
overall: 6 3/4 x 12 x 8 1/2 in.; 17.145 x 30.48 x 21.59 cm
Special Acquisitions Fund
A: Brown wooden cash box with Masonic Royal Arch symbols on top and all sides. Metal hinges; hinged lid. The exterior surfaces are covered with sulphur-inlaid Masonic symbols and illustrations. Molten sulphur was poured into carved areas, allowed to solidify, polished off level with the wood and detailed with pen and ink. The rear edge of the lid is inscribed, "A.D. 1861. Year of the Order 2395." B is a tray insert with four compartments.
The inlaid Masonic symbols and illustrations were copied from the sixteenth edition of Jeremy Cross's "The True Masonic Chart, or Hieroglyphic Monitor" (New York, 1851). All of Cross's symbols are used, including his illustrations pertaining to legends associated with degrees of the Royal Arch. The interior tray is fitted for coins and bank notes, indicating probable use as a cash box for the Treasurer of a Masonic Royal Arch Chapter.