M.O.V.P.E.R. (Grotto) Bookends

and Other Artifacts

Here is a vintage set of cast iron bookends with a bronze/brass finish.  They depict a certain Prophet who is a member of the M.O.V.P.E.R. (Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm).  They stand 5 1/2 inches tall and 4 7/8 inches across. Together they weigh 3 1/2 lbs.  They are in great condition, with old green felt on the bottom, and a very nice patina.

Grotto Jewel

   

  

 

Grotto Fluted Pitchers

    

 The front of this beautiful Flute Pitcher pictures a lovely woman wearing a hat.  Gold accents on handle, around lip, and on base.  This pitcher was made by the Thos. Maddock's Sons, Co., of Trenton, N.J. and measures 11 1/8 inches tall and approx. 4 inches in diameter at the base.  Back has the Grotto logo, surrounded with: "Twentieth Annual Session, June 1909, Supreme Council. M.O.V.P.E.R., Worcester, Mass." on the reverse.

A special "Thank you" to Brother Fred Lowstetter of Texas who discovered this rare Fluted Pitcher and submitted the pictures of it to our museum!

   

The front of this beautiful Flute Pitcher pictures a scene of brother George Washington in a winter military scene.  Gold accents on handle, around lip, and on base.  This pitcher was made by the Thos. Maddock's Sons, Co., of Trenton, N.J. and measures 11 1/8 inches tall and approx. 4 inches in diameter at the base.  Back has the Grotto logo, surrounded with: "Twentieth Annual Session, June 1909, Supreme Council. M.O.V.P.E.R., Worcester, Mass." on the reverse.

A special "Thank you" to Brother Fred Lowstetter of Texas who discovered this rare Fluted Pitcher and submitted the pictures of it to our museum!

1926 Grotto 37th Supreme Council Session Ashtray

This piece is an ashtray - 5” across and a gold tone.  Pressed into front is “Grotto, 37thSupreme Council  Session, MOVPER, Alhambra Grotto, Our Home, St. Louis, June 15-16-17, 1926.  Piece is in perfect condition – no issues whatsoever.

A special "Thank you" to Brother Fred Lowstetter of Texas for sharing pictures of Grotto artifacts from his personal Masonic collection!

History of the Grotto

The Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm, whose subordinate bodies are the Grottoes, is an organization by and for Master Masons.  While in no way connected with Masonry proper, its membership is restricted absolutely and exclusively to Master Masons in good standing.  Although it is primarily an organization for good wholesome fun and frolic, it also has its serious side.  Its slogan is "Good Fellowship", and in contact with our fellowman, this principle is exemplified to a marked degree.

For some years prior to 1889, several members of Hamilton Lodge N0. 120, F.& A.M., at Hamilton, New York, sought relaxation from the sterner duties of life by holding occasional informal meetings for fun and good fellowship. The chief spirit in the fun was LeRoy Fairchild, and in the summer of 1889, he and a devoted band of followers discovered the Enchanted Realm in which, upon entering with song and laughter, they and their successors have found a rich heritage.  The first meeting of this organization was held on the 10th day of September, 1889.  It was decided at this meeting that the membership of the organization should be confined to Master Masons in good standing.

The idea of the Order proved immediately attractive.  Many distinguished Masons entered the Enchanted Realm and returned pleased and charmed by its brilliancy. The Order could no longer be confined to one locality and in response to imperative requests that were not to be denied, on the 13th of June, 1890, the "F.D.C." duly founded and established the Supreme Council of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm.

It is a social organization for the Master Mason and all such are welcome to our Enchanted Realm. It encourages renewed interest in the Blue Lodge, its activities and attendance.  While it is not and makes no claim to be a part of Symbolic Craft Masonry, they ever bear in mind that their membership is composed entirely of Master Masons.

The ritual is original and unique.  The spectacular ceremonial requires a cast of thirty (30) or more and offers unlimited opportunities in stage activities and stunt performance.  Its proper rendition requires a large stage, elaborate costumes, and stage settings.  It is mysterious, startling and spectacular with a Persian atmosphere.  While pervaded with a spirit of wholesome fun, it teaches a serious lesson which lingers with the initiate, instilling in him a spirit of optimism, a kindly feeling for his brother man, and an impression of GOOD FELLOWSHIP, which is something devoutly to be desired.

That the Grotto occupies a legitimate place and is doing a wonderful work cannot be denied. It extends the hand of Good Fellowship to all Master Masons, having a smile for all and a frown for none.

In June 1949, at its Supreme Council Session, the delegates adopted a resolution to establish a national charitable program, which was to be named the Humanitarian Foundation. In 1951, their first project was "Aid for the Cerebral Palsy Child". In 1953 they adopted the Enchanted Lantern to represent contributions made. For each $50 tax-deductible donation, a certificate, receipt and emblem are issued. From 1953 to 1970 the main thrust of the charitable trust was the Cerebral Palsy child.

  In 1969 the Humanitarian Foundation Trustees expanded their scope, by adopting the Dental Care for Children with Special Needs.  They met and agreed the Grotto would establish a dental clinic for the children with special needs at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center.   In 1987, the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio and in 2000 the Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas became National Treatment Centers.

Today the Humanitarian Foundation, not only remembers the "forgotten child" (child with cerebral palsy) with the annual contribution to research, but combines a unique partnership with qualified dentists throughout the United States and Canada. The program is designed to help these children with special needs, under the age of 18, receive the best dental care possible.

Their Supreme Council Grotto operates a website here:  http://www.scgrotto.com/index.html

 

                  

               

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