1890’s Three-part Masonic jewel consisting of gold, diamonds, rubies champleve and enameled design; presented to past master P D Mullins of Monongahela Chapter No. 249; Donora Lodge No. 626; McKean Commandery 80; Pennsylvania Consistory
The late 1890s saw the height of Masonic and other fraternal elaborately engraved jewels presented to past master of their perspective lodge. Some are works of art showing the appreciation that the members would bestow on their past masters. These fraternal lodge spared no expense to show their appreciation for the dedication of the member as its leader and this is reflected on the wealth of the lodge and how elaborate the jewels were.
This particular jewel is unusual in that it commemorates the three organization PD Mullins belonged to in Pennsylvania and the close relationship the three fraternal had in electing PD Mullins master and bestow on him this fabulous jewel of gold, diamonds and rubies
It is a wonderful fraternal organization jewel that was presented to a past master. Even with some element missing it is a stunning piece. It is a three-part hinged jewel and when open reveals beautiful enameling, engraving and information on the owner and the masonic organization he belonged to .
The front Jewel depicts a 32 degree exquisitely engraved double-headed eagle which is handcrafted and once held a large diamond on its breast. Eagle clutches a sword with a banner with black enameled phrase “SPES MEA IN DEO.” Above the hinge is a black enamel triangle with the number 32. On the reverse is engraved Pennsylvania Consistory; along the bottom protrudes part of the lock that keeps the three parts very snugly closed.
The middle jewel is a beautifully chapleve red and enamelled black cross; within in the cross there blue enameled medallion with hand engraved scale of justice balanced on a sword surrounded by five stars. the reverse if of red chapleve with a is a red, white and blue enameled medallion all hand engraved Knights Templar insignia.
The back jewel consist of the Knights Templar insignia with the cross enhanced with small rubies and the crown a row of mine cut diamonds with a white enameled band and the fraternal words used by this organization, “IN HOC CNO VINCES.” The edges have been cast with a design of a shell with swirls enhancing the design. The reverse has on each second of the cross the three fraternal organization he is being recognized for beginning with his name “P D MULLIN” at the top, next to the right, “MONONGAHELA CHAP. NO. 249” and at the bottom “McKEAN COM. 80” and last engraving “DONORA LODGE NO 626”
This jewel could be worn as a pendant or as a watch fob. It weights 37 grams and is very heavy for a small item and measures 1 3/8″ high x 1″ across; it tested at least 18 ct.
I am trying to find more information on PD Mullins but have been unsuccessful. Hopefully someone out there will have some info on him