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Knights Templar Pendant or Watch Fob

by Barbara Peterson
(Wichita, KS)

Knights Templar Pendant - Front

Knights Templar Pendant - Front

Knights Templar Pendant - Front Knights Templar Pendant - Front Templar Pendant - Back Knights Templar Fob - Back

This Knights Templar pendant or watch fob belonged to my maternal grandfather, who died in the mid 1940’s. I never knew him.

When my mother passed, it was in her jewelry box. I know very little about it except that it is a Knight Templar pendant or watch fob. I found similar ones listed on the internet.

This one is either 10K or 14K gold. (I did have it tested at a gold shop.) They offered me $225.00 just for the gold. It has four small diamonds in the crown. It has 5 garnets or rubies that go down the cross, with 6 garnets or rubies that go across the cross.

The words “IN HOC SIGNO VINCES” are in black enamel outside the crown, inside the “sun”. There is black enamel at the top of the crown, and around the outside. There are 2 swords under the “sun” that go from corner to corner.

The knight’s helmet on top moves back and forth.

On the back, there are the letters: T K S H T W S S. They are gold inside a white enamel circle.

It’s a beautiful piece and any information you might have would be appreciated.

Simon: What a nice piece of Masonic jewelry! Thanks for sending the photos, Barbara.

Would anyone like to share their Masonic knowledge and help Barbara better understand the symbolism and meaning of this fob, ...especially the letters: HTWSSTKS and the Latin phrase, “IN HOC SIGNO VINCES”?

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Aug 04, 2014
by: Anonymous

In HOC Signo Vinces
Is the Motto of this Order, meaning under this sign (Flag) we will Conquer.
This is part of the Order of The Temple, Knights Templar Degree.

Royal Arch Masonry:
The Key Stone for King Solomon's Temple:
Start with:

Hiram Tyrean Widow's Son Sendeth To King Soloman

Jul 30, 2014
In Hoc Signo Vinces
by: Anonymous

In Hoc Signo Vinces is Latin for:
In - in
Hoc - this
Signo - sign ... which in this context always means the cross of Jesus Christ
Vinces - You will conquer (future second person plural of the verb vinco, to conquer).

I have one of these beautiful pieces, too, handed down. Mine is on a heavy gold chain and is worn as a pendant.

I saw this exact piece painted onto one of the life-size historical oil portraits hanging in Masonic Lodge #1 in Philadelphia, PA. Unfortunately I cannot remember who it was in the portrait who was wearing it. Lodge #1 in Philadelphia has a wonderful library, there may be someone there who knows more.

Mar 27, 2013
I have a Knights Templar Watch Fob too!
by: Susan

My step dad found mine with a metal detector in West Seattle. My mom gave it to me as a birthday present, not knowing it was gold.

I had it tested as well...should be 14k. Mine has diamonds and the helmet actually opens. I found a picture of it in an antique reference guide. Around 20 years ago, it was worth about $500 (I believe).

It is from the 1890's time frame. I don't have the guide with me at work, but a bookstore or library would provide you with more info. I would think you could get more for it by selling it as is than for scrap gold.

Wish I knew more about it as well. I worked at a bank and a customer saw it, and told me that if she uttered a phrase, she could take it from me. Wouldn't give it up for the world, as it is the only thing I have from my stepdad.

Mar 05, 2013
Knights Templar Watch Fob
by: shanda Truman. new Mexico

I have one as well, with gold and diamonds etc.. It was Great Grandpa's. I stumbled upon this page while trying to find info on mine.

My parents and grand parents have all passed. I was told nothing about it and came upon it after my father passed away. It sounds identical to the one described. Wish I knew more.

Shanda Snow Truman

Nov 13, 2012
Masonic Watch Fob
by: Carol

I have one that is nearly identical. It was my great-grandfather's, from Kansas. I wonder if these are from the same order?

Jul 04, 2011
In Hoc Signo Vinces Medal
by: denise wareAnonymous

It looks like we have the same In Hoc Signo Vinces medal. My husband's great grandfather was a Mason. My husband is also a Mason. He just got it from his 93 year old mother.

Sep 22, 2010
In Hoc Signo Vinces and HTWSSTKS
by: Bill

What little I do know is that IN HOC SIGNO VINCES is a Latin phrase which means; "With this as your standard you shall have victory".

As for HTWSSTKS I found two definitions neither I can say which is the right one. Although elsewhere on this website it is translated as "Hiram The Widow's Son Sent To King Solomon.

But, I have also seen where the T means Tyrian. I hope this helps.

Simon Says: Thanks for your comments, Bill. Would anyone else like to add to what Bill said?

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