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Past Master Jewel for S. Martin Jacobsen
1920-1921
Maker not marked
USA (probably)
Gold, silk, plastic (a); leather, silk, cotton, metal
b: (closed); overall: 5-1/8"h x 1-7/8"w x 1/4"d
Gift of Jacques Noel Jacobsen, Jr. in Memory of Brother Jacques Noel Jacobsen, Sr.
2016.029.1a-b

Past Master Jewel for S. Martin Jacobsen. a: OBVERSE: Gold pin bar with suspended jewel and two layers of purple silk ribbon cut in a V shape at ends. Gold pin bar, mostly cast, features decorative frame-like shape with semi-circle of tooled rays at top; within rectangular section at center, the raised text "PRUDENCE"; below that, in another rectangle, "204". Suspended from back of pin bar via two three-link chains with an o-ring at either end is another partly cast gold bar; it has a circle at the center flanked by flared decorative panels featuring tooled work at outer ends, with each portion bearing raised gold lettering: on circle, the overlapping, stylized initials "SMJ"; on PR flank, "19", and on PL flank, "21". Suspended from center of circle via two interlocking o-rings is a jewel of gold, mostly cast. It has stamped (likely) decorative, floral-motif flourishes trimming top and bottom, and a cast gold "G" at center top. Central, openwork circular portion features a design of compasses and quadrant arc with sun at center; sun has milky, translucent "moonstone" inset (probably plastic) carved with smiling face. This design sits atop a circular surround that has straight, raised inner and outer walls with tooled, rose- and yellow-gold leaves set within it in a wreath shape. a: REVERSE: Jewel features text carved around outer ring: "PRESENTED TO S MARTIN JACOBSEN BY PRUDENCE LODGE NO. 204 F. & A. M. / DEC. 21, 1921." On top and bottom portions, "14K" stamped into gold; on middle portion, illegible stamp at PR end. b: Black leather (possibly) case with four flaps, one of which has a pocket, and a purple velvet-lined (likely silk) interior panel. White cotton fill is coming out of lining where there is a rip. Grey-colored metal snap closure has black coating on front.



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