1904 Masonic Matchsafe 

w/Blue Lodge Symbolism


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This early Masonic matchsafe pictures the working tools of Blue Lodge Masonry with the Square, Compasses and Letter "G" in the center; the Trowel, Common Gavel and an early style Level.  Above the Square and Compasses is the All-Seeing Eye of God and it is trimmed top and bottom with the cable-tow that looks like braided rope.  It has nickel plated ends and inserts over a metal body and has a striker on the bottom.  It has a patent date of January 12, 1904 and is covered by patent number 749,479.  It was made by August Goertz & Co. of Newark, N.J. and measures 2 3/4 inches tall by 1 1/2 inches wide.  They are valued between $65 - $85 US.

A special "Thanks" to Brother Steve Kapp (kalbo on Ebay) for submitting the pictures of this beautiful matchsafe.  Steve is a Master Mason and a Masonic Collector who is affiliated with the below listed Masonic bodies:

Leonard Wood Lodge No. 105, Angeles City, Philippines
Cavite York Rite, Cavite, Philippines
Okinawa Scottish Rite, Okinawa, Japan  (Valley of Okinawa and Guam) Aloha Temple, Honolulu, Hawaii

We would also like to "Thank" Mr. George Sparacio, a member of the International Match Safe Association Executive Committee for his excellent descriptions of many of the fraternal matchsafes seen in our museum collection.  George is also a matchsafe collector and enthusiast and can be contacted at his e-mail address:  mrvesta1@aol.com   He maintains a personal web page with additional contact information at:   http://members.aol.com/mrvesta2




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