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Friday, March 30, 2007

Unique Photojournal from 1890 Bombay by a Mason--- Must See

I thought it was time for something more original. Here is a very well done photo journal from over a century ago in Bombay India. It is a must-see! Taker a few minutes and watch the slideshow. The first link will be the E-bay listing, but the second is a separate link to the slideshow. I recommend seeing the eBay listing first to get some history on the album then come back and visit the slideshow from here. I found the slideshow hard to find going through the sellers links so I've made it easier. Take a few minutes of time and turn up your speakers as the music is relaxing, and see old India from the eyes of a Mason.
eBay listing:

Then visit:
Slideshow here, and don't be in a rush

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Get Your Two Ball Cane Pin Today!

I thought I'd put up a modest item today. Here is an item I think every Mason should have. A modest pin that shows you are a mason to other masons and triggers the curiosity of other non-masons. The Two Ball Cane Pin is a great pin to have and I have found a listing for a pin at a decent price that just about everyone can afford. Go to eBay and get your pin sent to you today...
Two Ball Cane Pin

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Very Rare, Attention Serious Collectors: 1723 The constitutions of the Free-Masons

This item is out of the league for most of us but at the very least very interesting. I would love to see this book in person. It deserves to be in a museum for other Masons to see. By far this is the oldest Item I have highlighted here to date. If you are a serious collector then this would be an item of interest. I might actually send this link to a Masonic Museum I'm aware of to see if they are interested.
This book dated back to 1723 and has some of the earlier Masonic charges, laws regulations, rules, etc... This is a very Rare treasure. For the Serious Collector: 1723 The constitutions of the Free-Masons

The price tag is high enough to keep it out of most of our reaches but nonetheless it is worth a look.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Get Your Customized Masonic Lodge Badge

Usually I have a habit of finding odd and often expensive items. I will try to occasionally have items that are useful but not too expensive here also. Today is one of those days.

Here is a link to Masonic Lodge Badges that you can have customized for yourself or to present to another brother. These badges are nice to have if you do a lot of traveling to other lodges. Perhaps also for public appearances. At $5.95 for the Buy It Now price on eBay this is very affordable. You are now only steps away from ordering your own masonic name badge by clicking here. They will customize the badge to your needs for a reasonable price. Why not get one and present it to your brother that you always travel with too and travel in style? I would like to say thank you to R. W. Bro. Keith who presented me many (was it that long ago?) years ago with my own name tag. It is a cherished gift among the many he gave me as one of my masonic mentors and friends.

Friday, March 23, 2007

One-of-a-Kind Straight Razor with Masonic and K of C Symbols, along with nude woman, on same item, For Sale

I must admit I thought I was coming up dry today for an item I felt was worthy of mention. By about the ninth page of items I was ready to quit and leave it for the day. Then out of the corner of my eye I spied this Gem. You will really have to read the eBay sellers description but as mentioned in the title with Razor has both the symbols for Masonry and Knights of Columbus on the same handle. On the other side of the handle they have a picture of a naked woman. This is truly an item that is one-of-a-kind. It looks quite old but I see no reference to dates on the description. This blade needs to find a home with a collector that will cherish it and appreciate the humour of having Masonic, Knights of Columbus and naked women on the same item together.

The seller has a few pictures of the item with his description and they are worth a view.
One-of-a-kind Straight Razor with Masonic and Knights of Columbus symbol

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Ulimate Masonic Reference CD

I thought yesterdays find was good when I found the Masonic Encyclopedia on CD. Today I find a CD with over 120 masonic books in it. If I wasn't watching my budget I would put a bid in on this item personally. I was amazed at some of the books they have on this CD. If any mason wanted one CD that they could build years of masonic education lectures from... here it is. A great asset for any aspiring Mason wishing for more light in the craft. And the price is very good if you consider the cost of a hardcover book these days, let alone over 120. Again if I wasn't pinching my pennies this week... I'd bid on this item personally. Maybe I'll change my mind by tonight?

Take a look just to see the many titles they list that are on the CD.
Ultimate Masonic Library CD - 120+ books on masonry on one CD!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Unique Masonic Train Set for Sale

I never thought I'd be finding train sets on my blog, but here we are. I think this item would be great for any Mason with an interest in model trains. I've NEVER seen a Masonic train set before. This is very unique indeed. I noticed there are no bids on this item, at the time of this post. It is unique so I do not know the value of this item. I don't think you will see an item like this listed on E-bay anytime again in the near future. Even looking at the boxcars I can see various signs of the different masonic bodies. You should go to the E-bay post via this link to see more of the pictures... and bid accordingly if you are interested. Unique Weaver Masonic Train Set

Monday, March 19, 2007

Very Interesting Masonic Coded Ritual Book from 1913 on Sale at E-Bay

I saw this listing and thought it worthy of mentioning here. It is a ritual book from 1913. I don't know what jurisdiction this particular book is from but I have one almost identical to it in my personal collection. When you open the book you have the ritual but many of the words are represented by symbols. A Mason familiar with the ritual would have no trouble making out the ritual in the book and begin to understand all the symbols, but someone not familiar at all with the ritual would be utterly lost. It was a great way at the time to keep the ritual a secret. Now of course you can download the ritual from the Internet word for word but this book is a great part of Masonic history and represents a time when secrecy was a large part of the Masonic tradition.

Here is the link to the listing: Masonic Coded Ritual Book from 1913

I'd like to mention a couple things though about this listing. I hate when they refer to Masonic items as OCCULT. Why do they do that? A quick search on E-bay on items using "occult" in their title brings up items about Wicca, Magi ck, sorcery, demons and Masonry. This drives me nuts. And this particular book vendor has a couple of books on Masonry. Well this is one of my pet peeves. When I'm in a book store it also bothers me that they list masonic books many times in the Religion section. It should go under the philosophy section. Does this bother anyone else?

One last note... This item I highlighted today is starting at $75. I think they should have started the listing much lower. For those with money this is a great find but they may be asking a bit too much for a ritual book. They are hard to come by though so I guess if the market can fetch the price then it is earned...

Friday, March 16, 2007

Masonic Barong from Philipines for Sale - Very Interesting

I think I found something neat today. The other day I found kilts at a great price with choice of Masonic or clan accessories included in the price. Today it is a Filipino Barong. I looked at the listing and I couldn't believe the detail in the stitching. The masonic symbols, pillars, etc... and it looks like it would be very comfortable in a formal setting on a hot day. How many of us have wanted to increase the AC in the lodge room and you can not get it quite high enough on the hot days as the brethren sweat in their suits? Perhaps this is the answer? I've never worn one of these but perhaps I may have to check into this myself. If a Filipino brother can comment on the suitability of this item for lodge functions that would be great!!!

Interesting Masonic Barong (XL) on E-bay

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rare Late 1800s Grand Commander Knights Templar Apron and Sash for Sale

I am not a member of this particular body of Masonry but I could not pass up posting this amazing set of items. An apron and sash in this reported condition is indeed a rare find if it is from the late 1800s, as reported by the seller. The seller is offering to take bids on this item or sell it outright at a given price. So take your chances and try to bid and get a better price or go for it and guarantee you get the set today by paying the Pay It now Price. I think this would be a great addition to a collector, especially if it is to be displayed in a case for others to see. A great prize for a Masonic Museum too...

Check it out... Rare late 1800s Grand Commander Knights Templar Apron and Sash Set

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A Personal Note

Hello Brethren all,

I wanted to make a note that I'll be planning a trip with some other brethren to head down to New Hampshire on a weekend Lodge visit from July 13-14th, 2007. We will be travelling to Nashua, NH to visit Rising Sun Lodge. If any brethren from the NE of the USA are available they can get me by leaving a comment here and you can just tell me not to publish the comment if you wish. I'd really like to meet some of the brethren that visit the site and put a name and face to an IP address. Let me know... and I'll keep you informed as my plans solidify.

OK I know I owe you a few E-bay items to look at now...


Well I've been meaning to do this since I started highlighting e-bay items. I should provide some disclosure on my link with E-bay and the fraternity.

I am a Past Master from the GL of NS in Canada. We are a regular lodge that is recognized by all the Grand Lodge bodies I am aware of, except perhaps co-masonry and female masonic bodies, although I know a few female brothers and they will not be shunned by me although I will not be able to sit in lodge with them. I'm sure there are a few others that are not or that we do not recognize but that list would probably be the same for most regular Grand Lodge bodies. And yes we do recognize Prince Hall lodges although I'm sad to say I've never been to a Prince Hall lodge yet... But I plan on it eventually. Any invites to attend lodges are always welcome. I'm also well below the average age for masonry... and show like a sore thumb in a lodge hall with my young looks and my white legs sticking out from under my kilt.

I will also disclose that people using my site to connect with E-bay listings are helping me out as well. I do receive a small portion of the fees E-bay collects from the seller when you use my links. It doesn't cost you anything... E-bay pays me. I have a young family and a fairly new business so your patronage to my site is appreciated. I do not get rich from this site but coffee money is nice and it gives me an excuse to look for novel E-bay items that may interest the brethren. A small hobby...

Monday, March 12, 2007

Masonic Kilt Kit for Sale at a Great Price

I could not believe this when I saw it. As many of you may or may not know, I wear a kilt to lodge almost every meeting. I love it and wear it with pride. Of course I get the occasional joke about not being able to afford pants. Let them laugh because nothing shows your Scottish or Irish Ancestory like a kilt. That being said... to fully equip a kilt with all the trimmings can be quite a costly affair. I was browsing through my own site under my "Buy It Now" page and found this great deal. Masonic Kilts for Sale at a Great Price
It is drop-shipped out of Canada. Oh wait I'm from Canada. But no matter, I can guarantee you would be hard pressed to find a kilt and everything to go with it for a price that comes close to this, including a heavy shipping fee. I also think I know the supplier but I have not researched this. If it is who I think it is then they sell a very good quality kilt. Also note this kit comes with much more than just the kilt itself. Buying your kilt in a kit like this could save you hundreds of dollars.

A couple of things a kilt buyer should watch is the weight of the kilt and make sure they measure you properly for the kilt or ask your measurements over the phone to size you up properly. Show your pride and buy a kilt today!

PS - If you are a Shriner in Nove Scotia, Canada.... They are looking for more members for their "Elite" Scottish unit. You don't have to be Scottish but you need the proper regalia to be a member. We don't even ask if you like Haggis either... but it helps.

Rare 1800c Masonic Heart-Shaped Brass Tobacco Box

This neat item has to be seen by any serious collector. It is obviously not cheap (as a piece like this shouldn't be anyway) but for the avid collector it would be a great addition. I love the engraving on the piece. It has masonic history all over it... you can feel it just looking at the pictures. I can imagine in real life it would be a great conversation piece. Take a look and bid accordingly.
1800c Masonic Heart-Shaped Brass Tobacco Box

Please remember if you want me to watch for anything in particular or if you have an item you are selling on e-bay of masonic interest.... Let me know and I'll mention it here. Readership for this blog is increasing and the support of the brethren who have begun reading this blog regularly is greatly appreciated.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Rare Stereoview of Civil War Masonic Hall in Folly Island, SC (1864)

This item in E-bay looks interesting and not too expensive for a collector of Masonic items. I looks very interesting with some historic value and carries a uniqueness that would be sought by any masonic collector. Rare Stereoview of Civil War Masonic Hall, Folly Island, SC

Take a look and make a bid to have this item in your collection.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Masonic Handmade Oak Walking Cane

Today's find on E-bay for the inquisitive Mason looking to collect or purchase something unique is a fine Masonic Handmade Oak Cane. Click on the link and check out the craftsmanship in this cane. I think it is quite impressive. With a set price on this item any mason can get it now at a decent price on E-Bay. Only $125 for a handcrafted piece of Masonic wood-art. Definitely worth a look....

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Vintage Rare Gold and Silver Masonic Fob Cross on E-Bay

I was surprised to see this item on E-bay today. I've only seen one of these in my life and they are very interesting and highly prized by their owners. Take a look at it. These fobs are highly sought after, from what I understand. They are a ball that open out to a cross and are covered with masonic symbolism inside the cross. Currently at time of this writing the top bid was $66. My opinion is that this would be a steal considering it is gold and silver artwork.
Click on the link to the E-Bay listing for more details...

Vintage Rare Masonic Fob Gold and Silver Cross on E-bay

As a note: If anyone that reads my blog is ever listing masonic items on E-bay... let me know. I'd be happy to mention it.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

"National Treasure" Prop for Sale

OK so the Masonic connection on this item is a bit of a stretch. The movie "National Treasure" is however one of the more recent movies with heavy references to the Craft. So this item which is actually a replica of the original prop is quite interesting. It is a replica on one of the puzzle pieces they found on the boat that was frozen in the North. It is called the Meerschaum Pipe.

For a serious collector this would be a neat addition although a bit pricey for a replica of a prop. Check out the link for more details...

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Antique Lodge Pillow

Wow I found this item quite interesting. Look at the hand work on this. I figure this pillow would be a nice addition to any brother. And the price is right too.... At least for now! Under ten dollars and a very nice pillow is yours.
Antique Masonic Lodge Pillow on E-Bay
Click on it and check it out... Check back often and see what other Masonic treasures I can find.
Want me to keep an eye out for something for you... Drop me a line or comment.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Past Master Medal

As I look through items on e-bay, fleamarkets, antique stores, etc.... I always find PM jewels on display. Here is an axample of one in E-bay today... Past Master Medal on E-Bay

I know that they get separated from people or families fail to realize their importance but I can't help but feel a lose when I see such a fine jewel with a name on the back and a lodge and it is for sale. Does anyone else feel this way?

Thursday, March 01, 2007

1860's Vintage Apron

I saw this item on E-Bay and thought it was interesting to point out. It is a shame an apron like this was not kept with a lodge. If you are into collecting masonic regalia you should consider bidding on this item. This bid is time sensitive but at last check it was going for only $67. A steal for an avid collector.... in my opinion...

link to 1860's Masonic Apron auction page