PAST MASTER JEWELS

BEGINNING IN 1902, PALESTINE LODGE AWARDED A SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED HAND MADE JEWEL FROM THE LILLEY COMPANY FOR EACH OUTGOING WORSHIPFUL MASTER.  THE PRACTICE ENDED IN JUNE 1959 WHEN BOB HELVERING CHOSE TO RECEIVE A LIFE MEMBERSHIP IN THE LODGE RATHER THAN THE HISTORIC JEWEL.  WITH THE DEMISE OF THE C. E. WARD COMPANY IN 1965 WHO HAD CONTINUED MANUFACTURING THE IMPRESSIVE JEWELS WHEN THEY PURCHASED THE LILLEY - AMES COMPANY, THE JEWELS WERE CONSIGNED TO HISTORY AND CEASED TO BE PRODUCED BY ANY OF THE MASONIC SUPPLY COMPANIES.

IN JUNE 2015 TWO PAST MASTERS OF PALESTINE, WILLIS "BO" BOEDEKER JR. AND CHARLES L. STEEN, FORMED A PARTNERSHIP TO ONCE AGAIN MAKE THE 1902 JEWELS AVAILABLE.  USING THE ANDREW J. OVERTON JR. JEWEL AS A GUIDE, A LOCAL JEWLER WAS SELECTED RESULTING IN THE MANUFACTURE OF 12 PIECES.  ALL 12 WERE SOLD OUT IMMEDIATELY.  A SECOND ORDER WAS DONE AND THOSE JEWELS WHEN DELIVERED WILL BE SOLD ON A FIRST COME BASIS.  THE BELOW JEWEL IS CONSTRUCTED IN STERLING SILVER WITH THE SUN AND SUN RAYS GOLD PLATED.  THE THREE DISCS CONTAINING THE ALL SEEING EYE, TROWEL AND RULE AND LEVEL ARE HAND PAINTED BY BROTHER STEEN.
                               
THE ABOVE JEWEL IS 2 INCHES IN WIDTH AND 4 INCHES IN HEIGHT.  TO ORDER YOUR JEWEL TODAY, CONTACT EITHER BROTHER BOEDEKER OR STEEN THROUGH PALESTINE LODGE.  COST IS $450 EACH PLUS SHIPPING AND HANDLING IF NEEDED. 
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