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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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10K YELLOW GOLD MEN'S MASONIC RING
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
10K YELLOW GOLD MEN'S MASONIC RING
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $400- $10,000
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Vintage Hamilton Masonic Men's Wristwatch
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Vintage Hamilton Masonic Men's Wristwatch
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Est: $0- $0
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14K YELLOW GOLD .70CTTW DIAMOND SHRINERS MASONIC RING
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
14K YELLOW GOLD .70CTTW DIAMOND SHRINERS MASONIC RING
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Est: $0- $0
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14K YELLOW GOLD MASONIC MEN'S RING
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
14K YELLOW GOLD MASONIC MEN'S RING
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Est: $400- $10,000
$852 Bids
10K YELLOW GOLD MEN'S MASONIC RING
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10K YELLOW GOLD MEN'S MASONIC RING
by A Ok Auction Company
Est: $400- $600
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LOT OF 10 STERLING MASONIC AND MILITARY RINGS
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LOT OF 10 STERLING MASONIC AND MILITARY RINGS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
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Platinum & Diamond Masonic Symbol Ring
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Platinum & Diamond Masonic Symbol Ring
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Est: $600- $800
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14K YELLOW GOLD MASONIC MEN'S PENDANTS - 2
Dec 10, 2:00 PM EST
14K YELLOW GOLD MASONIC MEN'S PENDANTS - 2
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Est: $180- $10,000
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LOT OF 5: LIME SQUEEZER, BELL, FRATERNAL FIREMAN'S WOOD AXE, AND TWO INDIAN HEAD BANKS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 5: LIME SQUEEZER, BELL, FRATERNAL FIREMAN'S WOOD AXE, AND TWO INDIAN HEAD BANKS.
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Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
14K GOLD DIAMOND 32ND DEGREE SCOTTISH RITE MASONIC RING, CIRCA 1900.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
14K GOLD DIAMOND 32ND DEGREE SCOTTISH RITE MASONIC RING, CIRCA 1900.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
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English Victorian gold pocket Masonic fob watch - chain - Birmingham, 1894
Dec 06, 3:00 PM CET
English Victorian gold pocket Masonic fob watch - chain - Birmingham, 1894
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €700- €900
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Hand-carved Wood Masonic Smoking Pipe
Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Hand-carved Wood Masonic Smoking Pipe
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Est: $200- $400
$1700 Bids
Lot of Miscellaneous Objects, Silver Plate Embossed Masonic Barrel Chain
Dec 07, 5:00 PM EST
Lot of Miscellaneous Objects, Silver Plate Embossed Masonic Barrel Chain
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Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Extremely Rare Masonic Orb w/ 10K Gold
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Extremely Rare Masonic Orb w/ 10K Gold
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $200
$700 Bids
FAIXA DE MESTRE MAÇOM
Dec 08, 8:00 PM WET
FAIXA DE MESTRE MAÇOM
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Est: €50- €100
€500 Bids
Freimaurerbecher.
Dec 08, 2:00 PM CET
Freimaurerbecher.
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Est: €80- €96
€800 Bids
Antique Masonic Tricorn Hat
Dec 17, 7:00 PM EST
Antique Masonic Tricorn Hat
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Est: $10- $300
$100 Bids
Group of 3 Masonic Pins
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Group of 3 Masonic Pins
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Early Masonic I.D. card and ribbon
Dec 13, 11:30 PM EST
Early Masonic I.D. card and ribbon
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $25- $35
$100 Bids
Enamel White Metal Masonic Knights Templar Badge
Dec 10, 11:00 AM GMT
Enamel White Metal Masonic Knights Templar Badge
by Cooper Barrington LLP
Est: £20- £30
£100 Bids
Early Brooklyn Masonic/Lodge pin
Dec 08, 11:30 PM EST
Early Brooklyn Masonic/Lodge pin
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $35
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Masonic Fraternal Organization


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