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Irons and Russell Co.
USA: New York, New York
a: 14 karat gold; b: paper; velvet; satin
b: 1-5/8"h x 1-3/4"w x 2"d; 4.1275 x 4.445 x 5.08 cm
Gift of John H. Glenn Jr. in memory and honor of Vern Riffe, a good friend, 33° Mason, and the longest serving Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives in history
a: Gold Masonic Scottish Rite 33rd degree ring; has triangle with "33" on front. Inscribed interior: "John H. Glenn Jr. 9/10/98 / DEUS MEUMQUE JUS / 14k" with maker's mark. b: black ring box with hinged lid; gold zig-zag and dot pattern on top; black velvet insert and white satin lid lining.
In Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the 33° is conferred only upon those brothers who make significant contributions to the fraternity or to humanity. Masons who receive this honor wear rings like this. In 1998, soon after Senator John Glenn received the 33°, he wore this ring when he returned to space in the shuttle Discovery.