Geneva Pocket Watch by Schwab and Brandt
A good example of a triangular cased watch in the collection is the silver pocket watch by Schwab and Brandt of Geneva.
The mother of pearl dial has stonemason's tools (used symbolically by freemasons) depicted at the hours bordering the legend "love your fellow man, lend him a helping hand", a direct reference to the charitable aspect of Freemasonry.
The cast back depicts an altar between the twin columns of Jachin and Boaz, and bears London import marks for 1929.
As with most areas of collectables, a number of triangular Masonic watches of a dubious nature are reaching the market.
Distinguishing features of these include poor quality mother of pearl dials and 'cast in' hallmarks - so beware!
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with pre-booked tours arranged on Saturdays.
In normal circumstances, the Grand Temple may be visited hourly from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm (Monday to Friday) and parties, which may include members of the public, will be conducted from the Library and Museum for that purpose.
From time to time, however, these arrangements may be affected by security considerations or when The Grand Temple is in use.
Early application should be made to the Library and Museum for appointments for organised tours on a Saturday morning.
Entrance is free. The Library and Museum are closed Sundays and Bank Holidays (including Saturdays preceding Bank Holidays).
Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ. Telephone: 020 7395 9257 for tours
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