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Vintage Hat Scottish Rite Hat and Matching Case, 32nd Degree Freemason

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This wonderful vintage Scottish Rite hat and carrying case--both marked with the owner's name--date to the 1970s. The hat bears the two-headed eagle and 32 in a red triangle, signifying the owner (one Eugene S. Gifford) was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason (a Master of the Royal Secret).

Put simply, the Scottish Rite (or Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry) is an organization for Masons to learn more about Freemasonry; it includes advancement up to 33 degrees (or levels). The hats signified to others the man's rank in the organization.

This hat is made of a black satiny material with gold and black ribbon around the sides; two brass eagle buttons on the sides with a gold rope connecting them; and a two-headed eagle and 32 embroidered in metallic thread. The leather band inside is stamped The C.E. Ward Co., New London, Ohio.

The case is round and made of a black pebbled vinyl (looks like leather) with a red lining. It has a plastic handle and brass zipper and is in excellent condition. The name is stamped in gold on the front.

As a bonus, included is a four page program from the Bicentennial Reunion Class, June 6, 1976, from the Valley of St. Louis, Orient of Missouri. The program includes photos and names from various lodges--including Gifford (the hat's owner) as an alternate in the Third Apartment: Chamber of Light.

The hat and case are in excellent condition. The accompanying program is folded and yellowed.

Size: The case is about 9 1/2 inches round (or roundish) x 4 inches deep (24 x 10 cm). The hat is 21 1/2 inches (54.5 cm) around the inside band.

Vintage Hat Scottish Rite Hat and Matching Case, 32nd Degree Freemason

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: hat with fabric, braid, brass buttons, and leather band, case of vinyl with brass zipper, paper program
  • Feedback: 1220 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Missouri, United States
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