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Ask A Mason Ask A Mason en Copyright 2018 2018-01-09T11:56:07-05:00 Selling My Great-Grandfather’s Masonic Pocket Watch <p>Hi!&nbsp; </p> <p>My name is Owen and I myself am not a Freemason but my Great-Grandfather was.&nbsp; He was a 32 degree and was part of a lodge in Lake County, Ohio, where he was once the sheriff.&nbsp; I don’t have a ton of information on his interactions with the lodge other than that.&nbsp; He attained a Dudley Masonic pocket watch, one from the 1st series.&nbsp; They are extremely rare.&nbsp; It was placed in a safety deposit box a few years before he died.&nbsp; It’s been in there (or another safety deposit box) for the last 60+ years.&nbsp; My father asked me to help him sell it.&nbsp; </p> <p>The reason I came to your forum was to make sure it had a chance to stay in the Freemason community.&nbsp; It is highly sought after both by Freemason’s and pocket watch collectors.&nbsp; I always like to follow the rules, and I didn’t see anything about not being able to post something like this, so if for some reason it is against the policy of this forum I will remove it.&nbsp; If no one here has interest in it, that’s okay too.&nbsp; There’s plenty of interest in the ebay auction now.&nbsp; I just wanted to make sure you knew it existed and give you a chance to purchase a rare watch.&nbsp; In addition to being a first edition, this watch also has it’s original documentation and box.&nbsp; This is quite uncommon.&nbsp; I have also been in touch with a pocketwatch group.&nbsp; They believe that the only reason it isn’t working at the moment is because the oil used back then wasn’t as good and it is probably gummed up.&nbsp; I’m going to do a few tests and add that on to the auction site soon.&nbsp; </p> <p>If you have questions or if you just want to talk respond to this and I’ll get back to you.&nbsp; </p> <p><a href="">Click here to check out the auction</a></p> <p>Blessings to you all!&nbsp; </p> <p>Owen </p> 2018-01-08T19:47:42-05:00 Responding to a toast and given addresses. <p>Brethren, i am an English Mason and a district officer. Mostly when I’m on a delegation to other lodges, it’s a requisite to speak to the WM or give an address to the wardens or even given a toast or responding to one. My challenge is that I finds it difficult with my MASONIC addresses. It has been an hindrance to my MASONIC career and it’s not making me visit other lodges because of the speeches. Though I’m a chartered accountant and working with Pwc or Price Waterhousecoopers as a senior Auditor but I realized that when it comes to MASONIC things it’s different . Is there any help on this or any recommendations or a book i will be recommended to read on MASONIC speeches so I will be abreast with the MASONIC terminology in expressing myself well. Thank you </p> 2017-12-20T16:47:03-05:00 Blue Lodge vs Red Lodge <p>I recently visited a Lodge in New Orleans LA. Very interesting and a bit different.</p> <p>I still am not sure about their Explanation. Apparently in the 16th District in LA the 10 Lodges are Red Lodges. They are still Masonic, still regular but it has something to do with Scottish Rite Masonry and York Rite Masonry.</p> <p>I was wondering if anyone could more clearly clarify this.</p> <p>Thanks</p> <p>William Lessard<br /> Ezekiel Bates Lodge<br /> Attleboro MA </p> 2017-08-02T07:05:37-05:00 Papers on Masonic Apron <p>Dear Brethren,</p> <p>I am attempting to write a short paper on Masonic Aprons and would love to read some papers to get some insights. These papers could be either written by members of this forum or anyone whom you know. I have already collected some and I am trying to think if I can go deep in the symbolism of Masonic Aprons. </p> <p>I am interested in understanding the significance of wearing an apron and the style of wearing it. </p> <p>Hope I am not stepping over the line by asking such a favour, kindly forgive me if I am.</p> <p>In case brethren cannot share the data or the link, they can at least guide me in thinking in the right direction.</p> <p>Yours fraternally,<br /> Bro. Rinesh Hegde </p> 2017-10-04T08:27:50-05:00 Why do we start a perambulation with our Left Foot? <p>Why do we start the perambulation with our left foot. I have been asking this question for quite sometime but never got or found any answer.</p> <p>In Hindu culture, when we enter a Temple we always step of with our right foot so I am not sure if there are any religious significance to this? </p> 2017-08-30T10:02:42-05:00 Candidate / Applicant.&nbsp; New to the English Language.. <p>Dear Sir’s. Need some clarification.. First off my Lodge is in California and also I am a officer in the Lodge..<br /> My Lodge is considering accepting the application of a young man whom has newly arrived in the U.S.&nbsp; And he has a very limited grasp of the English language. <br /> FYI. ( His App. has not been read yet.. )<br /> My W.M. has suggested that we can Initiate him , but I’am not so sure. How will he understand what is being said and done..&nbsp; I would like some opinion’s on understanding how this make’s sense.&nbsp; &nbsp; Thank you for your consideration.&nbsp; S &amp; F </p> 2017-06-12T19:24:14-05:00 Royal Arch, and Royal Select Questions <p>Greetings Brothers, </p> <p>Some of the Blue Lodges in my area take degree work very seriously and that’s a good thing. It made me appreciate the experience.&nbsp; </p> <p>I am also now a Companion but I did not feel quite the same way coming through the Royal Arch. It appears that my local Royal Arch Chapter doesn’t require memorization of degree work. So imagine my surprise when I realized the degree team was reading every aspect of the degree work. Is that normal? Does anyone belong to a Jurisdiction where the Royal Arch and Royal and Select degrees are performed from memory? </p> 2017-05-15T22:02:19-05:00 Order of the Yellow Dog <p>Does anyone know of anyone know of any place around Missouri or the surrounding states that confer the Order of the Yellow Dog? </p> 2017-05-08T23:33:40-05:00 Why the EA and FC should not wear a Masonic ring. <p>If an Entered Apprentice is truly a “Mason,” then why can’t he wear a Masonic ring? Likewise for the Fellow Craft?</p> <p>In doing my research in preparation for my initiation as an Entered Apprentice, the only cogent answer I have found to these questions is simply that no one seems to make EA or FC rings.&nbsp; If they did, the EA and FC would certainly be entitled to wear rings bearing the symbol of their degree.</p> <p>The subtle differences between the symbols for the EA, FC and MM degrees may elude the untrained eye, but they are distinct and the fact remains that the Masonic symbol that is on the face of every Masonic ring is that of the MM. Thus, it would be improper for an EA or FC to wear a ring bearing that symbol. </p> 2008-07-07T20:40:19-05:00 About Morals and Dogma - Albert Pike <p>Hello</p> <p>I started reading <b>Morals and Dogma</b> by Albert Pike.</p> <p>Before joining Freemasonry, I believed that all masons know about this book. I found out that this is not true (At least in the British Freemasonry). Most brethren I asked about it never heard about it.</p> <p>In my Masonic knowledge, where and how should I place the content of this book? Maybe it’s not even relevant to Freemasonry at all despite its reputation.</p> <p>Any enlightenment would be more than welcome. </p> 2017-04-25T13:40:10-05:00

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