Antique Enamel Masonic Fob Pendant 15k Gold Unusual

The mystery of the Masons reaches back into history for centuries. Their secretive fraternal order began with the stonemasons, who were taught a highly skilled trade, appreciated throughout the world. The transformation of stones into geometric shapes was a treasured and useful knowledge. In England and Europe, they were responsible for building castles and cathedrals. The Masons have had a long and mysterious history, and as time progressed another group emerged from their order that encouraged secret handshakes, passwords, and gatherings, referred to as Speculative Freemasons. They became known for their charity work, elaborate and sometimes explainable temples, and secrecy. The square and compass, as featured on this fob, are the tools of the builder’s trade. They became symbols of the modern day Masonic order, which was founded in 1717, at a pub in London called The Goose and Gridiron. This was where the first official Speculative Free Masons pledged their allegiance

This impressive antique Victorian Masonic fob was handcrafted in England c. 1890. It is a stunning find as it quite substantial in size, finely detailed, hand enameled and impressively three dimensional. This gorgeous fob is steeped in symbolism which mostly remains a mystery to those who are not Freemasons. However, the miter square and compass featured on this pendant, have been known to mean that one should remember to true his actions by the square of virtue, and to circumscribe his passions and desires.

This piece was most likely a custom piece, made to order for a gentleman's watch chain. It bears no hallmarks, but it has been professionally acid tested and is made from 15k gold, and weighs 4.7 grams.

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ITEM ID: FBA22438VA



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