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Symbology on the Masonic Blue Lodge Society Dial No. 1103 by the Elgin National Watch Company

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Symbology on the Masonic Blue Lodge Society Dial No. 1103 by the Elgin National Watch Company, c.1890s.
Pictured: Symbology on the Masonic Blue Lodge Society Dial No. 1103 by the Elgin National Watch Company, c.1890s.

Symbology serves an important role in Freemasonry. When the Elgin National Watch Company introduced its line of “Society and Sporting” dials in 1889, this Masonic Blue Lodge dial was offered, adorned with illustrative symbols at each of the standard hour indicators.

At first glance, the symbols appear seemingly vague and unrelated. However, a Freemason is able to accurately identify the meaning encoded within each symbol presented on the dial.

According to references on Freemason symbology, the images found on the Elgin Masonic dial have the following meaning:

All Seeing Eye: God’s Divine Watchfulness

Blue Slipper: Confirmation of Verbal Agreements

Scythe: An Emblem of Time and Eternity

Hourglass: Continual Passing of Time, Life is Finite

Cup of Bitterness: Misfortune and Sorrow Through Life, Calmness and Resignation

Tiler’s Sword: Moral Consciousness and Self-Control

Beehive: Collaborative Work and Industry

Masonic Gavel: Authority of Freemasons, Ability to Maintain a Pure, Moral, and Spiritual Heart

Shovel and Pickaxe: Working Tools

Plumb Rule: Equality (Jewel of Senior Warden)

Anchor: Emblem of Well-Grounded Hope and Life

Holy Bible: Sacred Law

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