Allegheny Commandry Butter Dish

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This is a gorgeous antique porcelain pin tray or butter dish--elegant enough for a candy dish.   The background is white, with a wide green border and gilt highlights. The edge is embossed with a raised scalloped design. The center has a picture of the Commandery building as well as the symbols of a Crown & Red Cross and the "In Hoc Signo Vinces" Maltese Cross. The lettering around the picture says "Allegheny Commandery No. 35 K.T. Headquarters 27th Triennial Conclave Allegheny Penna. 1898". Approx. 5 3/4" x 3 3/4" x 7/8" deep. Dish is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, or stains. Designs are intact and distinct except for the "1898" which seems to have been printed faintly due to its location on a curve. There is a 1/16" x 1/2" unglazed white area on the green near the upper right edge of the dish, also that curved edge is white rather than green & gilt.  Considering the overall condition of this piece, I would judge that it was never used. Included is the original cardboard box which is white with red lettering and the black outline of a Maltese Cross. Lettering says "Compliments of Allegheny Commandery No. 35 Knights Templar 27th Triennial Conclave 1898 Allegheny Pennsylvania".  The back is marked "Made by the American China Co. Toronto, Ohio".

A special "Thanks" to Brother Steve Kapp (kalbo on Ebay) for submitting the pictures of this wonderful inkwell.  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




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