Mystic Knights of the Sea

Those of us who remember Amos 'n' Andy will perhaps remember a character known only as the Kingfish, a man whose entire life revolved around his lodge, the Mystic Knights of the Sea.  After a long and diligent search, we have been fortunate enough to find a rare and elusive Kingfish jewel.  This splendid specimen, nicely done in ivory trimmed with 18 Karat gold and emeralds, dates from 1919 and is quite possibly unique.

The "Mystic Knights of the Sea" as depicted in the pre-1943 serial version of "Amos 'n' Andy" were clearly intended as a Masonic parody. Charles J. Correll and Freeman F. Gosden were both Freemasons and Shriners, and consciously patterned the administrative structure of the Mystic Knights of the Sea after that of Freemasonry: Great Supreme Kingfish = Grand Master, Kingfish = Worshipful Master, Whale = Senior Warden, Mackerel = Junior Warden, Shad = Secretary/Treasurer, Jellyfish = Deacon, Swordfish = Tyler.

The initiation ceremonies of the Mystic Knights of the Sea, as detailed in episode 65 (6/29/28), required the candidate to be blindfolded and led through the lodge room to receive instruction from the officers. Other rituals are occasionally referred to, under the specifically Masonic term "degree work." Other Masonic terms, including references to "demitting" or "taking a demit" from the lodge occasionally occur during the early years of the programís run. These references were all dropped by the time the series converted to a situation comedy format.

         

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