Master Jewels dated 1762 and 1765
Pictured above is a wonderfully
hand engraved Irish Past Master jewel. It is dated
5765 (in the coffin), Lodge No 6, Dublin, the second oldest known according
to the Royal Irish Masonic Museum. They presume the RG refers to the master;
unfortunately the rolls for that year are badly fire damaged and an identity
can not be confirmed.
A special "Thanks" to Wm Erik Voss
who sent us the pictures and description of this beautiful jewel from his
private collection. Even though he is not a Freemason, he has an
interest in its history and arcana from his grandfather, who was a founding
member and Master of Laurel Lodge 1057, Chicago in 1918.
This Masonic Jewel is dated 5762 in Masonic years or
1762 A.D. It belonged to John Suffren, my great(X6) grandfather who was a
founder member of Bellaghey Lodge 650 Irish Constitution, Co Londonderry.
He emigrated to St Johns, New Brunswick and then to Australia around 1820.
"Thank You" to Worshipful Brother Noel Suffren for submitting the pictures and
history of this beautiful handmade jewel. Brother Suffren hails from
Lodge 703, Irish Constitution.