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Patrick Vyvyan

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iconnumber posted 04-22-2005 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I really know nothing about Freemasonry and related groups, and even less about their insignia. However I bought this at a Chilean flea market (a) because I am curious and (b) because it was cheap.

It is completely unmarked, but appears to be silver. I guess it was carefully cut out from a sheet of silver and then engraved.

Any suggestions to its significance, place of origin, date etc. would be fantastic.

P.S. I am sure I have seen something similar in one of the forums - but I can't find it now!


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iconnumber posted 04-22-2005 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for salmoned     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know a bit about the Scottish Rite Freemasons, but this object doesn't strike me as related to that organization.

Let's see -

    Fasces; a bundle of rods containing an ax with the blade projecting, borne before Roman magistrates as an emblem of official power.
    Scale; a balance for weighing, represents judicial power.
    Star, equilateral triangle, wreath,

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iconnumber posted 04-23-2005 12:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps a Peronista pin? Like in Evita.

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iconnumber posted 04-25-2005 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It could be Masonic or some other similar type group, but my guess is that it may be something related to Chile's long and tortured history. The reason I think this is a possibility is the symbolism:
    Fasces = Unity
    Scales = Justice
    Triange = Equality
    Wreath = Victory
    Star = Chile's national flag features a single five-pointed star on a blue canton. The star represents Chile's guiding star to their honor as a country.

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Patrick Vyvyan

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iconnumber posted 04-26-2005 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Certainly the star would be a reference to Chile (in fact Chile's Masonic Grand Lodge currently has a star as part of its logo).

I wondered if the scales and fasces alluded to Law and Order respectively. Also the wreath is half laurel or olive leaves and half oak leaves - so perhaps an allusion to civil and military glory.

My feeling is that it could be 19th century; I would imagine a 20th badge to be more "professionally" made.

I shall try to investigate more locally.

Thanks again,

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