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Masonic Shriners Bronze Emblem Wall Plaque or Big Ornament
This vintage Masonic symbol belongs to the Shriners who are known, more formally, as the Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.O.N.M.S.). The Shriners were established in 1870. It's an appendant body of Freemasonry, based in the United States.
The Shriner symbol originates from the Ottoman Empire and includes the crescent moon, the star and the scabbard. The face of the Sphinx is also included in the symbol.
This bronze plaque measures 4 3/8 by 4 inches. We believe it was meant to hang on the wall...may have even come from a Shriners Temple. It may also be ornamental for a costume (the Shriners are known for their colorful costumes and energetic participation in parades).
The emblem is unmarked. There's a loop at the top for hanging. We can't help but think what a bold, amazing pendant this would be hung from a cord though it's a bit heavy at almost 6 ounces. This is in excellent vintage condition. It's a great piece of fraternal history.
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