Masonic fobs gained favor in the 1890's. These were used as an ornament to dangle from the pocket watch chains. This example is rare as, most of the antique Masons fobs were in the form of a ball. This example is a cube with four hinged clasps when opened reveal a cross of six equalized pyramidal sections. Each section is artistically etched with Masons symbols. The interior is oxidized silver and the exterior is 9 karat gold. Neither is marked as is in keeping with the period.
Modern versions are still made today and are usually marked 9 karat and "Made in England." Also, the modern versions have a "cage form" that lifts to open the ball, rather than individual hinged sections.
When fully closed it measures 3/4 inches. It is in excellent condition. These are worn on chains, cords or charm bracelets. Unique and rare in form.
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