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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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1oz Masonic-Freemason Enameled Silver Clad Bar
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
1oz Masonic-Freemason Enameled Silver Clad Bar
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$103 Bids
1oz Silver Clad Freemason Knights of Templar Coin
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
1oz Silver Clad Freemason Knights of Templar Coin
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$102 Bids
Valuables Box with Masonic Inlay
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Valuables Box with Masonic Inlay
by Caza Sikes
Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid
A TRIANGULALR MASONIC PENDANT WATCH
Oct 21, 10:30 AM BST
A TRIANGULALR MASONIC PENDANT WATCH
by John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer
Est: £30- £40
£251 Bid
A Victorian Masonic print "Blossom and Decay", 19th century, 27 x 23cm. P
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
A Victorian Masonic print "Blossom and Decay", 19th century, 27 x 23cm. P
by Roseberys
Est: £80- £120
£301 Bid
ANTIQUE MASONIC SWORD IVORY GRIP & UNKNOWN SWORD
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE MASONIC SWORD IVORY GRIP & UNKNOWN SWORD
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $250
$401 Bid
VICTORIAN ROAB US MASONIC WOMENS SERVICE MEDAL LOT
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
VICTORIAN ROAB US MASONIC WOMENS SERVICE MEDAL LOT
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $250
$401 Bid
c1797 Frigate USS CONSTITUTION, Old Ironsides, Sail Repair Clamp Masonic Marked
Oct 23, 9:00 AM PDT
c1797 Frigate USS CONSTITUTION, Old Ironsides, Sail Repair Clamp Masonic Marked
by Early American History Auctions
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$1,5001 Bid
14K Gold Sterling Silver Chicago Masonic Cross 47g
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
14K Gold Sterling Silver Chicago Masonic Cross 47g
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Rare GIV Masonic Eagle Flask
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Rare GIV Masonic Eagle Flask
by Caza Sikes
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Autograph Album with Printed Pencil Drawings George & Dragon, Heraldic Emblems, Building & Masonic
Oct 27, 6:00 PM BST
Autograph Album with Printed Pencil Drawings George & Dragon, Heraldic Emblems, Building & Masonic
by Chaucer Covers & Auctions
Est: £10- £14
£100 Bids
Textiler Nachlass eines Freimaurers.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Textiler Nachlass eines Freimaurers.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids
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Rare 1826 Mexican-Masonic Document by Gen. Tornel
Oct 27, 1:00 PM EDT
Rare 1826 Mexican-Masonic Document by Gen. Tornel
by Lion Heart Autographs
Est: $600- $800
$1500 Bids
Vintage Mid Century Masonic Shriner Pin & Presentation Box
Nov 27, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Mid Century Masonic Shriner Pin & Presentation Box
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
18kt Masonic Antique Order of Amaranth Ring. 5 CTW Diamond Ring, Miligrain Ornate Design, Sz. 10, 4.80 gr.
Nov 05, 6:00 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
$9000 Bids
Vintage 14kt Onyx Masonic Ring, Sz. 8, 7.05 Gr.
Nov 05, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 14kt Onyx Masonic Ring, Sz. 8, 7.05 Gr.
by Maria's Vintage & Estate Treasures
Est: $450- $550
$3210 Bids
MAN'S DIAMOND AND GOLD MASONIC RING
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
MAN'S DIAMOND AND GOLD MASONIC RING
by O'Gallerie
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$1,5000 Bids
10K Yellow Gold & Enamel Columbia Univ. Bar Pin
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
10K Yellow Gold & Enamel Columbia Univ. Bar Pin
by Nye & Company
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
11 gold Fraternal Pins
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
11 gold Fraternal Pins
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $300- $600
$1000 Bids
AN EMPIRE CUP AND SAUCER WITH MASONIC SYMBOLS
Oct 26, 7:00 PM WEST
AN EMPIRE CUP AND SAUCER WITH MASONIC SYMBOLS
by Renascimento
Est: €300- €500
€3000 Bids
A MASONIC DECORATION
Oct 26, 7:00 PM WEST
A MASONIC DECORATION
by Renascimento
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
1oz Gold Clad Masonic Seeing Eye of Providence Coin
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
1oz Gold Clad Masonic Seeing Eye of Providence Coin
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$60 Bids
HISTORIC CARVED MASONIC SYMBOL BELIEVED TO HAVE
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
HISTORIC CARVED MASONIC SYMBOL BELIEVED TO HAVE
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,500- $12,500
$1,2000 Bids

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