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    [Paul Revere]. Masonic Officer's Jewel Attributed to Paul Revere, circa 1790s. Measuring 3.25" x 3.5", this jewel features the square and compass of Freemasonry, surrounded by a circular border. At the upper edge is a place to attach a chain of office. Produced using either sterling or coin silver. Tarnished; early repair work done where the square and compass point meet. Otherwise, this piece is in excellent condition. Complete with extensive provenance.

    A copper engraver and silversmith by trade, Paul Revere is best remembered for his "midnight ride" of April 18-19, 1775, immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Paul Revere's Ride. Revere was one of only four silversmiths in Boston and, of the four, was the only Mason (though he had several apprentices, including his son-in-law, who also made Masonic jewels) and at one time served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

    As a Mason, he was first choice among Massachusetts Masons for their regalia and is known to have produced thirteen sets of officer's jewels for Masonic Lodges, only ten of which are accounted for. This jewel has been compared by several authorities on the subject to those jewels known to have been created by Revere (such as those jewels held by the Washington Lodge) and has been found to be a match in size, style, and technique.


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