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Fabulous 1st 1/2 19th C. Freemason's Grand Lodge in New Hampshire Badge
ARTIFACT: Fabulous first half 19th century Freemason's Grand Lodge in New Hampshire badge. The Grand Lodge in New Hampshire was formed by five freemasons in 1789 after the American War of Independence in the William Pitt Tavern (formerly known as the Earl of Halifax). After the war, Portsmouth was in a state of disrepair and New Hampshire decided to move the government capitol to Exeter, meanwhile New England's economy suffered as trade with England ended. The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire and St. John's Lodge, both continued to hold meetings in the William Pitt Tavern (located in Portsmouth) until 1792. John Stavers, the owner of the William Pitt Tavern died and his daughter's took over running the tavern for a bit. In 1965, Strawbery Banke Museum began preserving Portsmouth's historical district and the William Pitt Tavern was a top priority, The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire still supports that Tavern today. The wonderfully, sunburst-like shaped badge is nicely detailed and features a red enameled shield with a silver chevron in the center and a gilt compass atop- above are two silver castles, with a third below. An outer ring is jeweler engraved and reads: "THE GRAND LODGE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE 1789" in black enamel detail. The reverse has three ways of wearing the badge, a loop for attachment to a chain, a horizontal pin, and a tension hook, perhaps for wear on a suit pocket.
VINTAGE: Circa 1800's Ė 1850's
SIZE: Approximately 1-3/4" in diameter
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Enameled brass, gilt brass, plated silver
ATTACHMENT: Loop for attachment to chain/rope, Horizontal 'T' style pin with 'C' style catch, and a tension hook
ITEM NOTES: This is from a fraternal club, society, and organization collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MBEX16 LABGEX3/16
CONDITION: 7+ (Very Fine+): The badge shows moderate wear, some of the plating details and much of the enamel remains intact, overall handsome patina.