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Past Master's Jewel from Massachusetts Lodge for Thomas Redman
Maker not marked
USA: Massachusetts, Boston (probably)
3-1/4"h x 2-1/2"w x 1/4"d
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts

Silver Past Master's jewel with a loop at top. Shaped like a compasses and rule with a sun in the center. The sun is engraved with a face. The rule is engraved with measured markings. Engraved on the back is "The / Gift / of / Massa / chusetts / Lodge / To the R.W. Thomas Redman P.M. 5809."

Unlike lodge officer jewels, Past Master’s jewels were usually purchased by the lodge and then presented to the outgoing Master in appreciation of his leadership. The recipient wore his Past Master’s jewel to signify his experience. Following a Scottish model, Past Master’s jewels presented in America in the early 1800s often featured the Masonic symbols of a sun within compasses with a quadrant connecting the legs of the compasses. The brethren of The Massachusetts Lodge in Boston gave this engraved jewel to Thomas Redman (1773-1820) in 1809.

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