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  1. You're both correct - it's from the Masonic Knights Templar and is a breast jewel worn by a Past Preceptor. The Preceptor is the approx equivalent to the Master of a Craft lodge and is like the leader/chairman for a year. The addition of a second horizontal bar on the central cross denotes a Preceptor. Does it have any value? Yes, if it's marked silver, starting I suppose at £30-ish and then increasing according to age and size.
  2. Hi, Regret must reiterate what Paul has suggested, in that the medal ribbon bars are probably of very limited value, maybe a pound each or so, and they are from the RAOB - there don't seem to be quite so many collectors of their regalia/jewels/medals as there are of Masonic items. The leather pouch would have probably held an apron and membership certificate. Limited value nowadays, as the price of the regalia means you really don't want to have to fold it in six to fit in there, but may have a value to someone for another purpose. The coiled wire tassles are of a style from before W
  3. Pretty sure it's neither Templar or Malta from the English Constitution, but I can't speak for Templars/Malta from other Constitutions. Are their any maker's marks on the reverse that might point to its country of origin?
  4. I'm not sure if we're talking about the same thing? I'm referring to The United Religious and Military Orders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta, which certainly predates 1888 as the scan from the "Cosmopolitan Masonic Calendar, Diary and Pocket book for 1876" below shows: And a scan from HT Lamb's catalogue of 1877 shows a very similar jewel for a Prior in the Knights Malta:
  5. Knights Malta cross, I think, which usually has a black ribbon. Very nice!
  6. THE MASONIC MILLION MEMORIAL FUND At the June 1919 meeting of Grand Lodge the MW Grand Master, the Duke of Connaught, sent a message to the assembled brethren (being too ill to attend in person) in which he expressed the fervent hope that a Memorial would be erected to all those brethren who lost their lives in the Great War. Following this, the Masonic Million Memorial Fund was set up. This meeting was commemorated by the issue of the Peace Jewel, inscribed ‘Peace 1919’. Initially it was proposed that a series of medals, of increasing magnificence, should be awarded to contributing brethren
  7. I think it could be the collar of a Chief Templar in the Independent Order of Good Templars. The jewel on his right breast depicts the symbols of faith, hope and charity, and the hanger of which shows the initials 'IOGT':
  8. Hi, I don't think it is Masonic: the Independent Order of Good Templars (in England) was a Temperance organisation (i.e. anti-alcohol), and this looks like it may be connected to that. Hope that helps, Richard
  9. Hi David I'm pretty sure it's not Masonic, but more connected (in every sense) with the wearing of a pocketwatch. The item you show is a seal, used for verifying the integrity of a wax seal on documents, being impressed into same when wax was still soft. Usually they had a design carved into them, a monogram or crest, or even a Masonic design, but it's not part of Masonic regalia. Hope that helps, Richard
  10. Hi Garth Can't tell you much about the Buffaloes, although I can say that they aren't Freemasons (or therefore, 'Masonic'), albeit they are a fraternal organisation with similar charitable aims etc. However, there were at least four Masonic lodges in Iraq [names and numbers: Baghdad 4022, Iraq 4471, Mesopotamia 3820, Babylonia 4326) during the 'British Mandate of Mesopotamia' (for further details see an outline of the history here) - I'm not a historian by any means, so cannot comment on the accuracy of that article, but it does explain broadly why the British were there. Just as in Ind
  11. Perhaps I can help? 1. The star is worn on the tunic of the Masonic Knights Templar degree. Not particularly rare, but interestting due to its age. 2. The second (with the claret ribbon) is a PZ jewel. This is from a higher degree in Freemasonry, called the Royal Arch (which is organised into Chapters rather than Lodges), and signifies that the wearer held the (equivalent) post of Master of the Chapter. Again, not particularly rare, but notable because of its age and the fact that it doesn't have the Chapter's name or any dedication engraving on it. 3. The third does, as you rightly sugge
  12. CT might mean Chief Templar? Could be a grade of membership of office held within that branch (Lodge ??) of the movement.
  13. A useful booklet for the identification of fraternal items is "riendly and Fraternal Societies: Their Badges and Regalia" by Victoria Solt Dennis (Shire Publications. ISBN 9780747806288), which is sold by Play Available here, amongst others. Slightly cheaper to order it through WHSmith (£7.14) and collect in store but probably not as quick or possibly convenient. Useful price comparison search engine here: Bookkoob I have no connection with either of these links, but have received good service and useful information from both! Richard
  14. Three things: 1. Certainly not English/Scottish/Irish Masonic regalia (IMHO, and I'm curator of a Masonic museum) 2. Collars of this style were common amongst a Temperance order: the Independent Order of Good Templars 3. Could the "1667" be "IOGT"? If so, then I think you probably have your answer. Hope that helps, Richard
  15. Suspicions even stronger now that this is from the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB), another fraternal order that has some similarities witn (but no connection to) Freemasonry. Hope that helps, Richard
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