Concordia Lodge No. 67
This beautiful blue and gold decorated fluted pitcher was made to commemorate the 118th Anniversary of Concordia Lodge No. 67 F. & A.M. of Philadelphia, Pa. The scene on the front pictures the workman at King Solomons Temple. The story of the broken column was first illustrated by Amos Doolittle in the "true Masonic Chart" by Jeremy Cross, published in 1819.
The account is long, rambling and at times
not too clear. Abstracted, the salient parts are as follows. Cross found or sensed what he
considered a deficiency in the Third Degree which had to be filled in order to effect his
purposes. He consulted a former Mayor of New Haven, who at the time was one of his most
intimate friends. Even after working together for a week, they did not hit upon any symbol
which would be sufficiently simple and yet answer the purpose. Then a Copper-plate
engraver, also a brother, was called in. The number of hieroglyphics which had be this
time accumulated was immense. Some were too large, some too small, some too complicated,
requiring too much explanation and many were not adapted to the subject.
Finally, the copper-plate engraver said, "Brother Cross, when great men die, they
generally have a monument." "That's right!" cried Cross; "I never
thought of that!" He visited the burying-ground in New Haven. At
last he got an idea and told his friends that he had the foundation of what he wanted. He
said that while in New York City he had seen a monument in the southwest corner of Trinity
Church yard erected over Commodore Lawrence, a great man who fell in battle. It was a
large marble pillar, broken off. The broken part had been taken away, but the capital was
lying at the base. He wanted that pillar for the foundation of his new emblem, but
intended to bring in the other part, leaving it resting against the base. This his friends
assented to, but more was wanted. They felt that some inscription should be on the column.
after a length discussion they decided upon an open book to be placed upon the broken
pillar. There should of course be some reader of the book! Hence the
emblem of innocence-a beautiful virgin-who should weep over the memory of the deceased
while she read of his heroic deeds from the book before her.
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