Freemason jewelry emblems

by David
(Louisville, KY, USA)

Masonic watch fob?

Masonic watch fob?

Among a box of watches and Masonic jewelry was this short chain ending in a small gold fist holding the chain handle of of small gold purse. Not sure if it belongs with the rest of the items bearing the Masonic emblem or if it is just a generic watch fob.

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May 07, 2020
Masonic watch fob? Yes and no...
by: Tim

Hello David,
and thank you for visiting Masonsmart.

I believe what you have is a very nice watch fob that would certainly be worn by a Freemason. I know I'd be happy to wear it;-). My guess is that the fob depicts the pot of incense, which is not strictly a Masonic symbol but is used as an allegorical symbol in our Masonic teachings.

This according to Freemasons For Dummies which despite its somewhat unfortunate title is an excellent Masonic reference:
"Pot of incense: Incense is not typically burned in a Masonic lodge, but the symbol of a pot of incense is used as an allegory for a pure heart (the pot or censer) and the prayers that arise from it to heaven, symbolized by the clouds of rising smoke."

This is, of course, my opinion. My esteemed Brethren may differ in theirs and if so I look forward to reading them. I hope this helps and thanks again for visiting


May 08, 2020
Freemason jewelry
by: Fred

Thank you for your question.

As Tim so aptly stared, it is a gorgeous piece and I would also be proud to wear it, but Masonic? I’m not entirely sure. Most Masonic regalia has on it, a symbol of some kind that can be used by a mason to identify it, but in this case, the item itself could be the symbol.

You have a beautiful piece there, and Masonic or not, you should treasure it.

As Tom stated, I’m waiting for the responses of the other contributors to this site, I’d love to find out the origin of such a beautiful piece.

Good luck

Fred :.

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