1870's Carved Rising Phoenix
Seth Thomas Clock
This amazingly carved and highly detailed Seth Thomas Masonic clock is hand carved from a solid piece of mahogany and depicts a mythological bird called a Phoenix! This very impressive Phoenix is standing on a pedestal which is also hand carved and has two Square and Compasses with the Letter "G" on each side. The clock is beautifully hand painted in polychrome colors and is triple signed Seth Thomas on the dial, movement and the back of the case. This clock is an 8 day clock and is in good running condition. Its measurements are 13.5 inches tall by 5 1/2 inches deep. The condition of the clock is very good considering it is 130 years old!
History of the Phoenix as a Masonic Symbol
The old mythological legend of the
Phoenix is a familiar one. The bird was described as of the size of an eagle,
with a head finely crested, a body covered with beautiful plumage, and eyes
sparkling like stars. She was said to live six hundred years in the wilderness,
when she built for herself a funeral pile of aromatic woods, which she ignited
with the fanning of her wings, and emerged from the flames with a new life.
Hence the phoenix has been adopted universally as a symbol of immortality.
Higgins (Anacalypsis, ii., 441) says that the
phoenix is the symbol of an ever-revolving solar cycle of six hundred and eight
years, and refers to the Phoenician word phen, which signifies a cycle. Aumont,
the first Grand Master of the Templars after the martyrdom of DeMolay, and
called the "Restorer of the Order," took, it is said, for his seal, a phoenix
brooding on the flames, with the motto, "Ardet ut vivat" -
She burns that she may live. The phoenix was adopted at a very early
period as a Christian symbol, and several representations of it have been found
in the catacombs. Its ancient legend, doubtless, caused it to be accepted as a
symbol of Jesus Christ's resurrection and immortality.
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