Illustrated Glossary of
Masonic Collecting Terms and
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This illustrated glossary has been produced with the intent of informing
collectors of the meaning of many of the words they encounter in reading, or
in discussion with fellow Masonic collectors. Some terms chosen for the index
headings may not be those commonly used by a particular Lodge, Grand Lodge or
group of individuals. But, in an effort to bring standardization of
terminology to the hobby of Masonic collecting, I have preferred one term over
Wherever possible, illustrations -- compiled from many sources -- have been
included in the glossary, to allow for better visualization of the meaning of
a particular term, through exemplification. It would have been an exhausting
task, however, to track down visual examples of every term; for many terms,
illustrative materials were not readily at hand.
expect that I may have missed out some terms. If so, I apologize. But if you
care to suggest what such omissions might be, I will incorporate them in a
future revised edition of this glossary. Regardless of what its shortcomings
may be, I hope you will find this a useful reference tool.
Additions to this glossary can be made by contacting the
Sources of Information
Encyclopedia of Freemasonry; by Arthur Edward Waite,
University Books Inc.
A Glossary of
Terms Used in Phaleristics - The Science, Study, and Collecting of the
Insignia of Orders, Decorations, and Medals; by Alexander J. Laslo
Painted & Embroidered; Masonic Aprons in America from 1790-1850., published by
the Northern Scottish Rite Jurisdiction
Born in Blood;
The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, by John J.
Robinson, published by the M. Evans and Company, Inc., New York,
American Silver Manufacturers; by Dorothy T. Rainwater.
Freemasonry; by Albert G. Mackey, published by The Masonic History Company,
Yours: A Decade of Collecting. Scottish Rite Museum of Our National Heritage,
of Freemasonry; Vols. 1-4. revised and edited by Rev. Herbert Poole,
distributed by Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company, Inc.
Holy Bible: The
Great Light in Masonry; published by the A. J. Holman Co.
Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders, The; by Alan Axelrod;
published by Facts on File, Inc.
Manual, containing the Rituals of Freemasonry embraced in the Degrees of the
Lodge, Chapter and Encampment, by Robert Macoy, Fifteenth Edition
Collectibles; by George B. Spielman, printed by Oak Printing, Inc., Funkstown,
in American Decorative Arts; Scottish Rite Masonic Museum of Our National
Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts.
Defined; A Liberal Masonic Education; by E. R. Johnston, National Masonic
Culture of the American Freemason; by John D. Hamilton, published by the
Scottish Rite Museum and Library in Lexington Mass.,
Societies of All Ages and Countries, The; by Charles William Heckethorn, In
two volumes; by University Books
Teachings of All Ages; concealed within the Rituals, Allegories and Mysteries
of all Ages., printed for Manly P. Hall by H.S. Crocker Company, Incorporated,
Theatre of the
Fraternity: Staging the Ritual Space of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry,
1826-1929. by C. Lance Brockman, distributed by University Press of
Trade Marks of
the Jewelry and Kindred Trades. Third edition. The Jewelers' Circular
United States &
Canadian Patent Office records.
Masters Assistant; The Useful Encyclopedia of Useful Knowledge, by Robert
Macoy, published by Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Co. Inc.
various manufacturers', retailers', wholesalers', and mail-order catalogues.
And, last but
not least, I am grateful for information contributed to this glossary by the
Bart P. Snarf
"Thanks" for the support given to this project by my fellow enthusiasts for
the subject... I dedicate this glossary.
David J. Lettelier