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Masonic York Rite Royal Arch Mark Medal as Locket Watch Fob
Maker not marked
USA: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
gold; tin type; glass
closed: 1-3/8"h x 1"w x 1/4"d; closed: 3.5 x 2.5 cm; open: 1-3/8"h x 1-3/4"w x 1/4"d; open: 3.5 x 4.5 cm; weight: 13.4 g
Museum Purchase

Gold keystone-shaped metal Mark medal/locket; hinge along PR side of keystone; twig and leaf-covered loops at top. Front: Stairs, two pillars with Royal Arch symbol in between (triangle with three-tau symbol), arch with all-seeing eye at top, open bible to PR, square and compasses to PL,"GERMANTOWN H.R.A.C. / No. 208 / April 21 / 1868". Engraved floral scrollwork surrounding. Reverse: Standing man in front of printer's tray within the circular Mark medal mnemonic, "H T W S S T K S". Banner shape above circle reads, "SAMUEL H. SLOAN"; underneath is "COLUMBIA ML No 91 / NOV. 14, 1864". Engraved floral scrollwork surrounding. Inside: Oval image of face of young woman (PR) and oval image of face of young man (PL). Outer edge, bottom: "Roxborough Lodge 135".

A jeweler engraved this gold watch fob for Samuel H. Sloan (1842-1869), a member of Colombia Mark Lodge No. 91 in Philadelphia. The Grand Chapter warranted this lodge in 1825. Sloan chose a printer working at a type case as his mark. Inside this watch fob, there are two tiny photographs of a man and a woman.

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