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Masonic Fraternal Organization

The Masonic Fraternity, or "freemasons," have their roots in the Middle Ages. The most popular theory is that the organization arose from the stonemason guilds of the time, and the symbols and language used for masonic rituals come from this era. The masons are also referred to in the "Regius Poem," which was written around 1390. The modern-day masonic lodges began in 1717, when four lodges located in London formed the first Grand Lodge of England. Since that time, freemasonry has been prominent worldwide.

Masonic regalia and jewelry that shows up on the collector's market usually includes items previously owned by members of the masons. While most regalia is owned by masonic lodges, some personal regalia may be acquired. These include member aprons, shirts, hats, and gloves. Jewelry includes rings, lapel pins, watches, watch fobs, breast jewels, and other items.

Masonic craft lodge jewelry usually shows the blue compass and square. Lapel pins, however, can represent a variety of symbols, including the masonic trowel, Euclid's 47th proposition, past master pins, and pins representing occupations related to masonry. Jewelry from related organizations may also be collected including Scottish Rite, Eastern Star, or The Shriners.


Quick Facts

  • Masonic rings represent the degree in freemasonry that the member has achieved. Most are made of gold
  • An exhibit of American freemasonry may be viewed at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts. This museum was founded by 32nd-degree Scottish Rite freemasons in the northern jurisdiction of the United States and is free to the public
  • It is well documented that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were freemasons. Other famous masons include Mozart, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, and J. Edgar Hoover

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OSTBY & BARTON OLD MINE CUT DIAMOND MASONIC RING
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
OSTBY & BARTON OLD MINE CUT DIAMOND MASONIC RING
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Est: $3,500- $4,000
$3256 Bids
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Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
14K Gold Vintage Masonic Ring Size (10)
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Est: $0- $0
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Rare1921 Free Masonry Encyclopaedia Occult BookSet
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Rare1921 Free Masonry Encyclopaedia Occult BookSet
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Est: $5- $99,999
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VINTAGE CORO SILVER TONED MASONIC PENDANT
Oct 11, 11:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE CORO SILVER TONED MASONIC PENDANT
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $20- $40
$101 Bid
Vintage (9) Masonic Watch Fobs
Oct 13, 9:00 AM PDT
Vintage (9) Masonic Watch Fobs
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Est: $150- $250
$751 Bid
14K Yellow Gold Masonic Fraternal Pins 14pc Lot
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
14K Yellow Gold Masonic Fraternal Pins 14pc Lot
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$11 Bid
MAN'S MASONIC RING FREEMASONS
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
MAN'S MASONIC RING FREEMASONS
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $2,800- $3,000
$101 Bid
Mid Century Masonic Shriner's 12K Gold Tie Clip
Nov 05, 2:00 PM EDT
Mid Century Masonic Shriner's 12K Gold Tie Clip
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $75- $150
$500 Bids
18kt Masonic Antique Order of Amaranth Ring. 5 CTW Diamond Ring, Miligrain Ornate Design, Sz. 10, 4.80 gr.
Oct 16, 4:00 PM EDT
18kt Masonic Antique Order of Amaranth Ring. 5 CTW Diamond Ring, Miligrain Ornate Design, Sz. 10, 4.80 gr.
by Maria's Vintage & Estate Treasures
Est: $750- $1,200
$6000 Bids
Early Masonic I.D. card and ribbon
Oct 11, 11:30 PM EDT
Early Masonic I.D. card and ribbon
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $25- $35
$100 Bids
MASONIC BADGE
Oct 15, 9:30 AM CEST
MASONIC BADGE
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €50- €100
€100 Bids
Early Brooklyn Masonic/Lodge pin
Oct 06, 11:30 PM EDT
Early Brooklyn Masonic/Lodge pin
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $35
$100 Bids
Early Brooklyn Masonic/Lodge pin
Oct 06, 11:30 PM EDT
Early Brooklyn Masonic/Lodge pin
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $35
$100 Bids
Early Masonic pin
Oct 06, 11:30 PM EDT
Early Masonic pin
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $35
$100 Bids
Vintage Masonic silver tone tie pin
Oct 06, 11:30 PM EDT
Vintage Masonic silver tone tie pin
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $25- $30
$100 Bids
[MASONS] M.W. GRAND LODGE OF W. VA.
Oct 13, 1:00 PM EDT
[MASONS] M.W. GRAND LODGE OF W. VA.
by East Coast Books
Est: $25- $35
$100 Bids
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12 Masonic Gold Lapel Pins
Oct 18, 10:00 AM EDT
12 Masonic Gold Lapel Pins
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $150- $250
$1000 Bids
A collection of Independent Order of Rechabites masonic type sashes, badges & accessories
Oct 08, 10:00 AM BST
A collection of Independent Order of Rechabites masonic type sashes, badges & accessories
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £20- £40
£200 Bids
Masonic One Penny Token - K. S. H. T. W. S. S. T
Oct 13, 5:00 PM EDT
Masonic One Penny Token - K. S. H. T. W. S. S. T
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$10 Bids
14k Gold Diamond Onyx Men's Masonic Ring
Oct 11, 11:00 AM EDT
14k Gold Diamond Onyx Men's Masonic Ring
by Hampton Estate Auction
Est: $600- $800
$4000 Bids
A box of Freemasonry regalia.
Oct 08, 10:00 AM BST
A box of Freemasonry regalia.
by Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
Est: £20- £30
£200 Bids
A SILVER MASONIC WATCH. 5 cm x 5.5 cm.
Oct 12, 9:30 AM BST
A SILVER MASONIC WATCH. 5 cm x 5.5 cm.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £250- £300
£2000 Bids
A Vintage Fraternal Lapel Pin Trio
Oct 08, 11:30 AM EDT
A Vintage Fraternal Lapel Pin Trio
by Mitchell Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids

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