Awesome 19th Century Masonic Firing Cannon

    

    

    

  This is one of the nicest Masonic firing cannons you'll ever see. This is an early heavy crystal cannon.  It weighs nearly a pound of lead crystal.   The cannon is replete with a multitude of intricately copper wheel engraved images: The crossed swords, crossed keys, crossed quills, plumb, square and level, rough ashlar and perfect ashlar, the gavel, the trowel, the Sun, Moon and Stars at night, the Seven Steps representing the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences, the eight pointed star, the All-Seeing Eye, the Blazing Glory, the Royal Arch, the Oriental Chair, the three Great Lights, the Pillars of Boaz and Jachin with both the terrestrial and celestial spheres, the tetragrammaton and ineffable name, the Altar of Masonry and the Lesser Lights, the grave and memento mori.  This is an early piece as evidenced by its weight, the presence of small bubbles/inclusions, and its method of polishing/cutting.

This firing glass we think to be Bohemian (currently Czech, previously German).  Bohemia was the seat of royalty and emperors for much of the middle ages and it was at the "cutting edge" of glass design and production.  Manufacturing leaded glass in this area was a specialty trade, especially in the city of Prague.  The two main identifiers are its weight... the glass is heavy because of its lead content and second by holding a Bohemian crystal glass up to even normal light should result in "multiple rainbows" as the lead content increases the light refraction properties it's like looking into hundreds of prisms simultaneously.  This glass is dated in the late 1800's which is when the German production of leaded glass was at its peak!  Art engraving and faceting is also regularly done on Bohemian glass as it improved it's light qualities.  A couple of links to glass work companies in the Czech Republic are below and should you want to order a special Masonic Decanter and/or a set of firing glasses I'm sure they'd be happy to help you!

http://www.moser-glass.com/en/tradition/glass-museum
http://www.egermann.cz/?go=products〈=en

 

         

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