This is a very pretty DORIC FREE MASONS LODGE JEWEL of Sterling Silver with Enamel filling and Gilt finish.The JEWEL is marked 181....which is the AHUREWA LODGE in the North Canterbury region of New Zealand. It carries HALL MARKS for Birmingham 1924 and is engraved on the back ...BRO. H.W. HATFIELD. Comes in original box from Spencer & Co., London W C 2.There is a manufacture fault on the enamel at bottom right. The DORIC Lodge took its rise from a meeting of various brethren held at the "Earl of Eglington," situated in Bow, East London. It was resolved to petition Grand Lodge to form a Lodge to be known as "The Doric," which was intended to embrace the neighbouring districts from Bow to Mile End, the sponsoring Lodge being the Lodge of Stability No.217.
It was customary at that time for Lodges to have a much more local function, prompted no doubt by the less swift (though sedate) systems of travel and communication.
In due course the Grand Secretary communicated to Brother Henry Bradley that the Grand Master had granted the petition, whereupon Bros. Bradley, Hawkins, Scurr and Rule had a meeting on the 12th November 1862, at which the date of Consecration was fixed as the l0th December.
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