1925 Seattle Commandery No. 2

Bronze Chapeau Paperweight

    

Here is a rare object (most-likely a paperweight) from the Knights Templar 36th Triennial Conclave, Grand Encampment, which was held in Seattle, Washington on July 28-31, 1925. This item is made of solid cast metal (non-magnetic) and measures 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 1 3/4".  It weighs just over 2 lbs.  It is a reproduction of a Knights Templar Chapeau, complete with Passion Cross, mounted on a base which has crossed swords.  It says "July 29, 1925, Banquet, Northwestern Commanderies, Seattle Commandery No. 2. K.T.".  It has the Maltese cross on each of the four corners. 

This cocked hat is worn in the United States bodies by Knights Templar.  The regulations of the Grand Encampment of the United States, in 1862, prescribe that it shall be "the military chapeau, trimmed with black binding, one white and two black ostrich plumes, and appropriate cross on the left side."

A special "Thank You" to Brother Fred Lowstetter for sharing the pictures and description of paperweight!

 

         

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