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I love this antique magical orb & would very much like to keep it as part of my collection, but must be disciplined & try to find it a good home.
Known as a Masonic Golden Globe & Cross Fob, this one is really finely made. You can hardly see the seams where it opens, unlike most I have seen.
It is heavy & lovely & a cunning treasure.
The orb is 9K rose gold, with 9K rose gold arms which unhinge (hinges & clasps in PERFECT condition- opens & closes easily).The outer surface has a smooth finish..
Closed it measures 3/4 inches in diameter.
When you lift the arms (which have lovely delicate engraving on them) the orb unfolds into a cross made of pyramids & each pyramid has Masonic symbols on each surface. The inside is sterling silver with a gold wash.THe inner surface has a mat finish.

Free Masons are the oldest association of men- the principles behind Freemasonry are to build good men & better citizens.
The symbols represent significant elements in this endeavor.
The orb represents the earth.The pyramids symbolize knowledge & wisdom. The top pyramid of the cross has The Square as the first symbol.This is the emblem which represents a moral code.Then there are 2 stars on either side of the pyramid- the five pointed stars right side up represent light & spirituality. The next symbol is a gavel.
Each pyramid has a symbol on all four faces & they are a skull, a serpent, the Sun, a letter, the Moon, Columns,branches with leaves, a compass,steps,an eye of God & an ashlar symbolizing perfection.
As you might realize , some of these symbols are on our dollar bills because George Washington was a Freemason.
Needless to say this is a most wonderful fob or pendant- potent & beautiful.
Opened up it measures 1 & 3/4 inches by 1 & 1/4 inch.
The arms are easy to open,but also securely tightly in place to close the fob.
Under one of the arms is a British makers mark D & Co.
The person I bought this from dates it to the beginning of the 1900's.
A highly collectable beauty.
If you are in love with an item but can't afford it in one fell swoop ask me about Lay Away.

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