Can anyone tell me if the Past Master's emblem was of use during the war? I am referring the the Past Masters' emblem that is used in California, Kentucky and New York - it is a compass with a rocker instead of a square.
1) Duncan's Ritual 3rd edition 1866 uses the Past Master's emblem for the 5th degree.
2) I have several instances in the early 20th century where the emblem was presented to Past Masters. Thge earliest I can authenticate is 1906.
3) "Revolutionary Brotherhood" by Steven C. Bullock has a copy of a summons on page 88 that includes the emblem. The summons is from Philapdelphia Lodge No. 7. and is dated 1761.
4) "A Masonic Tribute: The Sesquicentennial of the Constitution of the United States of America " has a painting of Washington by H. Burdette wearing the emblem. The book, which published CA 1937, also has a undated portrait showing Washington wearing the emblem. The caption for the portrait is as follows. "The Masonic portrait on the left was painted from life by William Williams, Mason..."
I have talked with Brother William G. Hinton, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky and he can find no evidence to confirm or deny. I consider Brother Hinton the foremost Masonic historian in Kentucky.
I am talking with Brother Craddock about making me a Past Master apron if it is period correct.
As you can see I have evidence that indicates it would be period correct for the Civil War but no evidence that proves it. I tend to be conservative and don't want to wear something I cannot prove.
Any feedback appreciated.
Master, Lincoln Lodge No. 60
Past Master, Waynesburg Lodge No. 328