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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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Vintage 10K Gold Designer Masonic Jewelry Ring
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TWO HEAVY 10K MASONIC RINGS, 21.14 GRAMS
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TWO HEAVY 10K MASONIC RINGS, 21.14 GRAMS
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54th Massachusetts Officer's Buttons
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
54th Massachusetts Officer's Buttons
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Est: $250- $500
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14k Yellow Gold and Enamel Masonic Men's Ring, Size 13
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14k Yellow Gold and Enamel Masonic Men's Ring, Size 13
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Masonic firing glass, early 19th century, gilt
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
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Est: $150- $250
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Lot Of Lucien Piccard Watch And Masonic Belt Buckle
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Lot Of Lucien Piccard Watch And Masonic Belt Buckle
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Est: $50- $100
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A RARE ANTIQUE PAINTED AND LACQUERED PEWTER TOBACCO BOX AND COVER of Masonic interest. 15 cm x 13 cm
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Est: £50- £75
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Police pins, masonic and others
Apr 28, 12:00 PM EDT
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Est: $50- $150
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TWO 10K GOLD MASONIC RINGS, 14.5 GRAMS
Apr 27, 11:00 AM EDT
TWO 10K GOLD MASONIC RINGS, 14.5 GRAMS
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20TH CENTURY 14KT GOLD MASONIC WATCH FOB LOCKET
May 01, 9:00 AM EDT
20TH CENTURY 14KT GOLD MASONIC WATCH FOB LOCKET
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Apr 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Mixed lot: Italian 14kt horn, gavel and a masonic ring as is
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Lot of 8: fireman, police and masonic coins and money clips
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Est: $50- $200
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18k White Gold Order of Eastern Star Masonic Ring, Size 4.5
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18k White Gold Order of Eastern Star Masonic Ring, Size 4.5
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Apr 27, 10:30 AM CEST
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Est: €100- €200
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Apr 21, 10:00 AM PDT
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SADDLE SHIELD
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SADDLE SHIELD
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Est: $200- $400
$250 Bids

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