MASON TROWEL- Miniature Trowel
With Embossed Lodge ID
by M. S. Nosser
(San Bernardino, CA., USA)
This is a miniature trowel that I know represents something,....maybe an award or just a membership recognition piece. This is what I'd like to find out.
It appears to be made of pewter with a black plastic (I think) handle. The lettering is embossed and bears the "Compass & Square" symbol.
On the back side, it has my Grandfather's name engraved along with the date it was presented to him, I assume.
He was my Mother's Father and she told us he was a Mason and would go to secret meetings when she was a child, but that's all she could tell us about it.
My siblings and I have been researching and documenting our family history for some time and this was one of the puzzles we've struggled to find any info on.
In the photos that I've included is one I drew with the exact measurements. The 'actual photos' of it were actually scanned on my scanner and they are enlarged close-ups in order to be readable.
If anyone can tell me anything about this piece and what it represents to whom it is given to, I'd really appreciate it.
If the "No.348" that appears on it is the Lodge Number, then this particular lodge no longer exists in this city.
Looking forward to hearing from someone soon.
Thank you much.
Please resend your photos, as they were not attached. Sorry for the bother.