Scottish Rite & York Rite FOB Collection
This magnificent 18K gold Masonic Watch FOB belonged to a 32nd Degree/York Rite Mason. It opens to reveal several sections, all with detailed enameling and engraving. One section, the back of the Double Headed Eagle, says Phil'a Consistory S.P.R.S. Jan. 19, 1912 Joppa Council No. 46 R & S.M.M. On the other side of the cross it says Com'D Y. No.88 K.T June 28, 13. On the next side, it is engraved C. Rodney Jefferies Ent. Feb 7,1910 West Chester Lodge No. 322. Then on the side with the Cross &Crown it says Howell Mkd Mch 13, 1911 R.A.C. 202 Centennial Cmdry 55. It is in absolute mint condition and measures 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/8 inch and weighs 28.9 grams. It tests 18kt gold.
History of Enameling
use of vitreous enamel coatings on Masonic watch FOBs began to appear later in
the nineteenth century.
Vitreous or “glass-like” enamels consist of finely ground minerals,
usually including quartz, suspended in a viscous liquid that allows the enamel
to be applied to the surface with a brush.
Various metallic oxides create the colors, and other oxides are added to
make the colors opaque.
When properly heated in a kiln, these substances fuse into a hard, glassy
is ages old but translucency was only fully achieved in the nineteenth century.
The metal surface beneath the translucent
Below is a fine collection of York & Scottish Rite Watch FOB's
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