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Engraving or Mark Book Plate for St. John's Lodge of Groton, MA
ca. 1803
Maker not marked
USA: Massachusetts
overall: 4-1/2"h x 3-7/16"w x .035"d; overall: 11.5 x 8.7 cm; weight: 62.6 g
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts

Rectangular engraving or book plate. Symbol of an open book at top under the words, "Lapis aldus virtutis." Next is a line of text reading, "By Order of Worthl. Mark Master." The center is a compass with a square and circle inside. Around the outer band of the compass are the letters, "HTWSSTKS." Around the inner square it reads, "St. John's Lodge Groton Massachusetts." Reverse blank.

For further information, see Newell, Aimee, et.al., "Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection", 2013, p. 92-93.