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Since the early 19th century, Masons have recognized the masters of their lodge by presenting them with a special past master’s jewel to be worn either on their breast or suspended from the collar. Over time, the design of the past master’s jewel design has evolved to include different metals, stones, and shapes.
In the latest exhibition from the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry, titled “Badges of Brotherhood,” these important examples of Masonic regalia provide a glimpse into both local tradition and the unique culture of lodges around the world.
Oakland Lodge No. 188, Oakland CA, 1892, silver and gold, ACC #555.1
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Henry Wilson Coil Museum and Library of Freemasonry
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