Name the Masonic Symbol

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BRASS MASONIC SYMBOLSI took a picture of an embossed brass sheet containing Masonic symbols.  Unfortunately the picture turned out fairly fuzzy.  But that makes for a game…name the Masonic symbol.  At the top row are what appears to be handshakes or hands making signs towards each other.  The second row is a skull shape and something like a chain.  On the third row are easily recognizable Masonic symbols such as the famous compass and angle.  There is also a shield or anchor of some sort.  There are other symbols like a crown, the Egyptian Ankh, some guys shaking hands and so forth.  I believe this sheet was made in the 1920s.  Some of these symbols are obscure and I can’t quite make them out.  Call them out!

5 Responses to “Name the Masonic Symbol”

  1. Michelle Says:

    The hammer looking object at the lower left hand corner:

    The COMMON GAVEL – is used in operative masonry to break off the corners of rough stones, but in speculative Masonry it is symbolically used to divest one’s heart and conscience of all the vices and superfluities of life, thereby fitting the mind as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

    I suspect next to it is the CHISEL

    The Chisel, in the hands of the craftsman, is used to transform the gemstone from its original rude and unpolished state and reveal the latent beauties within. As a symbol in speculative Masonry it morally demonstrates the advantages of discipline and education. Just as the brilliance of the diamond is revealed by the skillful use of the chisel, so too will the beauties of the human mind be revealed through knowledge.

    It also looks like you have a couple of PLUMBS to the left of the triangle.

    The plumb is an instrument used in operative masonry to raise perpendiculars, but as a Masonic symbol it admonishes us to walk uprightly in our several stations before God and man. It is a reminder to live our lives in a rectitude manner with uprightness; integrity; honesty; justice. The Plumb is the emblem of the Junior Warden of a Lodge.


  2. Michelle Says:

    Lots of symbols and information here. The anchor in your image may have the scabbard at the top and also an ark over it centrally, if not a shield.

  3. David Says:

    Very good! You know your symbols.

  4. Paula Says:

    The knights head would most likely symbolize. the Knights Templar.

    The most recognized Masonic symbol is called the square and compass.

    Michelle has all of it right. Maybe she is one of those rare female Masons! I know of only one in old England who had to be initiated because she fell through the heating grate right into the middle of the Lodge meeting.

  5. Michelle Says:

    😀 Well, actually I am British but no, I am honestly not a Mason……. although I have been to a few ladies nights in the past (a good couple of decades past!) …with an ex boyfriend! I do enjoy and am very much drawn to symbolism. I find them all fascinating – whether ritualistic, spiritual, religious or whatever. I also used to work for a private detective so am one that likes to investigate and delve deeper! 😀

    I now live in Lapland, Finland and the symbols of the noitarumpu drum are very interesting too.

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