Vintage Masonic Ball Pendant
Cool vintage masonic ball (or orb) pendant dating from the 1960s. These remarkable little oddities come in the form of a sphere with four armed 'cage' at the top, holding them together that, when removed, allows it to open out into a cross shape with six little pyramids pointed upwards. Each of the faces is then carved, by its owner, with a different masonic symbol: the classic square & compass, a scroll, a chalice or goblet (presumable that's the hold grail?), brick wall, Star of David, eye of provenance, pencil, a ruler... and there are a whole bunch of others - their deeper meanings are lost on me, for the most part. Built in 9ct gold on silver.
Originally, this would have been worn on the end of someones pocket watch chain as a fob, but it works well as a pendant. I guess part of the idea was also that a non-mason wouldn't recognise what it was, not being able to see any of the symbols hidden inside, but a fellow freemason would instantly recognise it for what it was.
Era: Vintage, 1965
Size: 4.8cm by 2.9cm opened out. 2.0cm by 1.7cm closed
Hallmarks: English, Birmingham, sterling silver, 1965
Condition: Great vintage condition
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