Lapel Pin Question

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Keith C, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Keith C

    Keith C Registered User

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    I went to a Visitation in my District last night and since I was Entered in the month of June, that is considered my "Masonic Birthday." Masonic Birthdays are celebrated at every stated meeting So I was among those standing before the Altar to be recognized. It is tradition for the Worshipful Master to give some small gift to everyone celebrating a Masonic Birthday. Last night the gift was an interesting lapel pin, in the form of a Masonic apron with a Bell on it. After the Meeting, I asked the WM what the significance of this was and he said he had no idea, in January he found a box of these pins in a storage area, no one in the Lodge knew what they were or where they came from, so he decided to give them out as Birthday gifts!

    I am attaching a photo of the pin. As there is so much great Masonic Knowledge here I am hoping someone knows what the significance of this pin is!
     

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  2. Buckeye

    Buckeye Registered User

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    Have never seen a bell used before. May have been used to mark some special occasion or master?
    Mike
     
  3. hanzosbm

    hanzosbm Premium Member

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    This is just a shot in the dark, but 2002 would've been the 250 year anniversary of the casting of the Liberty Bell. Being in Pennsylvania, it might have been some kind of commemorative pin.
     
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  4. David612

    David612 Registered User

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    Very doubtful that it’s related but in our Souths we use a bell to announce a toast.
    So we use bells more than cutlery.
     
  5. Schuetz

    Schuetz Registered User

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    I've found a few different leads (or grasping straws):

    1. There is the Guardian bell, though this is more a general motorcycle thing with the square and compasses slapped on.

    2. There is a bell important to the Fort Worth, Texas, area. It was cast in 1782, in London, and made its way to north Texas by the 1850s, settling in Fort Worth Lodge #148.

    3. The bell is, if you cannot find the original meaning, a tool of summoning the community (typically a church). Recall how the bell (modernly replaced with a chime) is used in the 3rd degree as the funeral dirge is sung by the gathered Fellowcrafts.

    Q. E. L. Schuetz, M.M.
    Shekinah Lodge No. 241 • IL
    Murphysboro Lodge No. 498 • IL
     
  6. Keith C

    Keith C Registered User

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    I seriously doubt 1 & 2, and we have no bell or chime in any of our Degrees.

    We do toll a Bell for each Departed Brother in our Memorial Ritual, but don't know why that would occasion a lapel pin.
     
  7. Winter

    Winter Premium Member

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    GlofWI uses a chime in the third degree. But it isn't represented as a bell. I'm leaning towards the idea that Hanzosbm posted about the Liberty Bell.
     
  8. Kelly Allred

    Kelly Allred Registered User

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    To me it looks more like a Christmas bell than the liberty bell.
     
  9. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    This is a reach (and will show my age) but was there ever a lodge of Ma Bell employees in PA?
     
  10. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    I had the same thought - they did have a lapel badge with a bell on it..
     
  11. Thanh Chau

    Thanh Chau Registered User

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    I was told that the WM jewel has a bell hanging in the middle of the square. That is what we have in our lodge, so maybe it signifies as WM lapel pins.
     
  12. Winter

    Winter Premium Member

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    The many jurisdictions I am familiar with, that is the 47th Problem of Euclid hanging under the square. I've never seen a bell. Can you send a picture? I'd very much like to see itz please.

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  13. Thanh Chau

    Thanh Chau Registered User

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    I've might mistaken with that ... I will take a picture and send next time .
     
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  14. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Here, the 47th Problem of Euclid is the jewel of our Committee on Work. Our WM jewel is the square all by itself.
     
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  15. Winter

    Winter Premium Member

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    Here is what the PM jewel looks like I am referring to from my jurisdiction with the 47th problem under the square. [​IMG]

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  16. Mike Martin

    Mike Martin Eternal Apprentice Premium Member

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    He meant Past Master, a sitting Master has just the square as his jewel.
     
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  17. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Here's the PM jewel in our jurisdiction: PM gold.jpg
     
  18. Mike Martin

    Mike Martin Eternal Apprentice Premium Member

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    Scottish style that one.
     
  19. Winter

    Winter Premium Member

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    That is also used in my jurisdiction. One Lodge I belong to uses that commonly found in the United States. The other Lodge I belong to is an EC Lodge that uses Emulation Rite and UGLE regalia. So I have two sets of everything.

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  20. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    That's a Grand Master here...
     

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