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Masonic York Rite Mark Medal Watch Fob for John W. Kille
Maker not marked
USA: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
14-karat gold
Closed: 1-5/8"h x 15/16"w x 5/16"d; closed: 4.1 x 2.4 cm; open: 1-5/8"h x 1-5/8"w x 5/16"d; open: 4.1 x 4.1 cm; weight: 11.8 g (Ot oz 7.587576 dwt)
Museum Purchase

Gold keystone-shaped Masonic York Rite Mark medal watch fob with snakes on top; hinge on PR; no images inside. Top: twisted loops around arched bar (where locket connects to bail) with crossing serpent heads, a snake head-like shape on front stamped with the number "126", and a trowel on the back. Front: stairs, two pillars with urn in between, arch with all-seeing eye at top, open bible to PR, square and compasses to PL, "COLUMBIA H.R.A. CHAP." on scroll above; "No. 91" below stairs; "April 26TH, 1865" on scroll at bottom. Engraved floral scrollwork surrounding. Reverse: St. John the Evangelist within the circular Mark medal mnemonic, "H T W S S T K S". Above circle is engraved, "J. W. Kille."; underneath is "COLUMBIA ML 91 / May 9th (?), 1864". Engraved scrollwork surrounding. Inside: Oval indentations for photographs; one has glass cover fitted in it and the other is empty.

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