I inherited a ring from my grandfather, with a letter that I should pursue his steps. I don’t really understand that, but as I started looking for symbology on the ring, I ended up getting here.
While searching the web I learned about one of the symbols (Square and Compass, on the same place but on the other side of the ring), but I do not know what the second one is about and wasn´t able to find it on the internet.
Do any of you know this symbol? It looks like a Box and a Lamp post.
My grandfather was brought to brazil while still a baby by my grand grandmother, escaping the war on europe. Here he lived and graduated in civil engineer ( like I did as well, coincidentally on the same school), and became a well known engineer for his accomplishments. He had partners, all of them of jewish nature and his meetings were held at a synagogue here in Brazil. Maybe I should go there wearing the ring?
Very interesting design. Now that I can see it properly, I’m not particularly convinced of any Masonic connection. What you have described as the Masonic Square and Compasses is in fact what looks like either an isosceles or right angle triangle with a pair of either compasses or possibly dividers. The Masonic Square is a very specific tool used for testing the edges of stones and that triangle could not do it.
The other emblem, I agree with you that it appears to be some kind of streetlight overhanging a box and I am unaware of any Masonic connotation to that.
I also agree, this doesn’t stand out as being a Masonic ring. Further inspection of the emblem shows compasses and a triangle, which may have a right angle, but I’ve never seen that too used that way Masonically. More than likely this is the ring belonging to a tradesman such as a stone mason or an electrical engineer or some other trade.
I would have to agree with the above comments, but must also note that this is a US website, with input from some other nations like Canada and the UK.
One of the nice things about Freeemasonry is that it tends to be a bit different wherever you go. Given that your grandfather lived in Brazil, it is just possible that those symbols have some Masonic significance in whatever state in Brazil he was a Mason. I can only suggest that you contact the grand lodge of that state (each state has its own) and see if they can shed some light on this.
In any case, it’s nice that you have a keepsake of your grandfather. I have one or two of those on my desk and treasure them deeply. Good luck in your researches. If you find out what the symbols represent, I’d like to hear, please.
Once enlarged you can see that it could be cylindrical and on an axel, I had wondered if it was a churn! In Europe during the 20th Century many trades based fraternities sprang up so I’ve been looking there.
My gut says it is a Civil Engineering ring of some sort. The triangle and compasses relate to the drafting/design phase. The light/lamp would go along with this. However, I have no clue what that other “contraption” would be in relation to the lamp, unless it is some sort of measuring device or design tool itself.