An English Masonic FOB Collection
This beautiful FOB
collection belongs to Brother Mike Martin of Mersey Lodge No. 5434 (UGLE)
If you would like to contact Brother Mike about his collection go to:
where he is a Moderator.
This is one of the rarer late 19th
Century balls with the longer arms that all fix into the base. The arms are
stamped 9ct and are fixed to a swivel that allows them to rotate on the ball
when undone. The base has the stamp “PAT 2639 1/20 and REGd. Length 40mm by
30mm when open, weighs 10.2 grams
This is a
magnificent 9ct gold Masonic ball fob in virtually mint condition, it is stamped
9ct on the clasp the central bit on the ribbon & on the star inside the ball
along with a registration no 691741 by L&G ltd which indicates that it was made
on commission or a limited number. I have only ever seen 2 of these, as most of
them are a ball which opens out into a cross. It is 4-3/4" long unopened, it
dates from late 19th to early 20th century.
A wonderful antique English, solid
9 carat rose gold cased Masonic fob / seal; terrifically crafted and opening
to form a five pointed star, the interior formed by solid sterling silver
pyramids with a soft gilt finish and hand engraved Masonic craft symbols. Each
arm with its own separately hinged bracket. The base is engraved DJW in
reverse. Not marked but from around 1900/20. 25.2 mm tall, base 14.6 mm
diameter (1 inch = 25.4 mm) weighs approx.
opening fob in the form of a 5-sided pyramid finished in yellow gold. It is
hallmarked as 9ct at the clasp and has R.J REG 682301 stamped on the outside of
one side. It opens out into a five pointed star. Approx 24mm tall when closed,
when open it is approx 50mm across and Weight is 5.9grams.
Three-Sided Pyramid FOB
opening fob in the form of a 3-sided pyramid finished in rose gold. It is
hallmarked as 9ct at the clasp and has REGd stamped on the outside. It opens out
into an equilateral triangle. Approx 17mm tall when closed sides of triangle are
27mm and Weight is 2.7grams.
Scottish Ball FOB
This is a very rare “Scottish”
ball which according to authorities was actually made in Scotland. The main
difference between it and the English balls is that the clasp is in the form
of a gold Square & Compasses with the Letter G The clasp is hinged at the
bottom of the ball with a clip at the top this opens and swivels down allowing
the segments to open out into the form of a cross. It only has a couple of
symbols in common with the common English ball.
Short Armed Ball
is a late 19th Century (1880 –1900) ball, finished in rose gold, it
is unusual in that it is very tiny. It has 9ct stamped on one of the arms and
9ct & sil stamped on the bottom of the ball. Size 28mm by 21 mm, weighs 3.2
vintage fob charm, nicely detailed all round, the 6 pyramids have hand
engraved and well defined Masonic symbols. A superb quality Masonic ball, it
has the maker’s initials J.H.W. on the clasp, 9ct & Sil on the charm, also
stamped "MADE IN ENGLAND" which show this to be early 20th century
(1900 – 1930). This fob measures 35mm (not including clasp) in length by 26mm
wide when open and 14mm tall (not including link and jump when closed. It
weighs around 7.6 grams
From the outside this looks like a common or
garden variety of the late 19th Century English version of the
opening Ball or Orb fobs. However, as soon as it opens you notice a big
difference, it opens out into a cross but the cross itself is inverted. I
believe that this variant was intended so that wearer himself could study it
whilst still wearing it (much like a Nurse’s fob watch). The engravings are of a
very high quality with the usual Craft symbolism found. It is hallmarked 9Ct.S
on outside of base segment. Length 45mm by 35 mm across when open, weighs 8.2
Gilt Screw Catch
This fob dates probably from the
early 1900's but is a definite rarity. The maker excelled himself with a
unique screw top latch and the fact that its symbolism includes the extra
degrees of Royal Arch and Mark Mason.
The ball has a screw top latch
which has a scroll work design surrounding a bale. The back most and foremost
piece each have half of the screw, there are also lugs inside on the faces of
two pyramids to hold it all together.
The symbols are most excellent
with very fine detail. The top arm has the all-seeing eye below an arch with a
keystone, two columns and a set of stairs. The right arm bears a square and
compass, a ruler, a compass above a window, and sprigs of acacia. The left arm
has a square and compass, an hourglass, a folding ruler, and a gavel. The
centre of the cross has a square, compass and G, a square, an altar, a bottle.
The next bears the symbol for the 47th Prop of Euclid, a pestle,
three stacked blocks, and a skull and crossbones. The bottom piece bears the
Star of David, the Triple-Tau, a crossed pick axe, shovel and crowbar, and
what looks to be a potted plant..
The bottom of the fob is stamped
PAT. APP. FOR 9 CT. It also has the initials A.M. The ball weighs approx 10.0
grams. Approximately 12 mm in diameter, when opened 33 mm across, and 52 mm
from the top of the cross to the bottom.
21st C, Solid Gold
A modern version of the
Edwardian fob in solid 9Ct gold. Unusually for the modern examples, the
pyramids are hand engraved (rather than stamped) and well defined symbols, a
very nice example due to the fact that it is well engraved. It has the maker’s
mark LJ, crown, 375 Anchor (Birmingham) and f (2005) hallmarks on the clasp.
Fob measures 45mm long (not including clasp) by 33mm wide when opened, when
closed the ball is approximately 2cm in diameter and
a huge 14.1 grams.