cludedthen-SovereignGrandCom-

manderLeonM.Abbottalongwith29

otherMasons.

Beyondtheinformationonitsface,

thedesignandstyleofthebadgeare

clearlyproductsofitstime,showingan

ArtDecostyle.

ArtDecowasadesignmovement

startinginthemid-1920s,respondingto

therapidsocialandtechnologicalad-

vancesoftheera.

Thestyleischaracterizedbytheuse

ofmodernmaterialslikealuminum,

stainlesssteelandinlaidwood.Bold

motifslikezigzagandsteppedforms

weretypical(thinkoftheChrysler

building,whichwasconstructedinthe

late1920s)andcanbeseenonthe1931

badge.

TheSouthernJurisdictionwasnot

aloneindesigningandpresenting

handsomebadgesandjewels.

TheGrandLodgeofMassachusetts

collectionincludesanattractivejewel

fromtheNorthernMasonicJurisdiction

thatwaspresentedtoarecipientofthe

33˚.

ThejewelisshapedlikeaTeutonic

cross.Thedecorativecentersection

showsthemottoes“OrdoAbChao”

(orderoutofchaos)and“Deus

MeumqueJus”(Godandmyright).In

addition,theword“Sapientia,”Latin

for“wisdom,”circlesanine-pointstar.

TheSupremeCouncilawardedthis

jeweltoIll.GeorgeA.Carpenter,33°,

ofBostonin1872.Thedesignofthe

jewelwasnewin1872,havingbeenap-

provedbySovereignGrandCom-

manderJosiahH.Drummondthepre-

cedingyear.

Arecentgifttothemuseumoffersthe

opportunitytouncoverthestoryofone

man’sMasoniccareer.

RobertBakervisitedthemuseumin

Julytopresentacollectionoffivejew-

elsthatbelongedtohisgrandfather,

JuliusO.Christensen(1875-1947)of

KansasCity,MO.

Thejewelswerehandeddowninthe

family,accompaniedbyanEasternStar

medalownedbyChristensen’swife,

Elizabeth.Christensenimmigratedto

theUnitedStatesfromOdense,Den-

mark,comingthroughEllisIslandin

1893.

AfterattendingBeloitCollegeinWis-

consin,hemarriedElizabethStrackin

1900atSt.Stephen’sLutheranChurch

inBatavia,Wisconsin.

ThecouplemovedtoKansasCity,

whereJuliuswasemployedbytheIn-

dependentElectricMachineryCom-

pany.Theyhadonedaughter,the

donor’smother,Vera(Christensen)

Baker.

ChristensenpetitionedIvanhoe

LodgeinKansasCityin1906andwas

raisedonJan.17,1907.HewasWor-

shipfulMasterin1912.

Theearliestofthedatedjewelsis

from1912andisChristensen’sPast

Master’sjewel.

Inadditiontoillustratingthisman’s

lifestory,thejewelshelpusstudythe

differenttraditionsandstylesusedin

lodgesfromotherpartsofthecountry.

Whilethemuseumownsmany

badges,medalsandjewelsfromthe

Northeast,thecollectionsofthosefrom

theWestandtheSoutharemuch

smaller.

Acomparisonofthejewelsfrom

KansasCitytothoseinthecollection

fromNewEnglandpointsupdiffer-

encesindesign.

WhileChristensen’sjewelhasthe

universallyunderstoodPastMaster

symbolofasunwitharuleandcom-

passes—liketheNewEnglandjewels

—thesunonhisjewelhasabluestone

centerandtheruleandcompasseshang

fromanengravedpinbar.

ManyMassachusettsPastMaster

jewelsareengravedontheback,but

thisoneisengravedonthepinatthe

top.

JuliusChristensendidnotrestonhis

laurelsafterservingasWorshipfulMas-

terofhislodge.In1917,hewasnamed

SecretaryoftheIvanhoeMasonicTem-

pleCompany(theTemplewascom-

pletedin1921).

Thejewelassociatedwithhiswife

comesfromthatperiod.Thejewelis

recognizableasanEasternStaremblem

atfirstglance.Itreads“Ivanhoe”along

thetopandhasagavelhangingfrom

thepin.

Asmallsquareandcompassespinis

attachedtothejewelbyachain.Onthe

back,thestarisengraved“Elizabeth

Christensen1916.”

ChristensenwasactiveintheYork

RiteandamemberofAraratTempleof

theShrine.

Oneofthejewelsisdated1920,the

yearhebecameHighPriest,andisen-

graved,“ShekinahCouncil.”

Thefamiliarall-seeingeyesymbolon

thisjewelisformedwithasmalldia-

mond.

Thesymboltakesupthecenterofa

shieldwithcrossedswordsbehindit.

Anelegantarchwayshapesthebodyof

thejewel,andthepinatthetopisen-

gravedwithChristensen’sname.

Christensencontinuedhisservice

andactivityforseveraldecades.InDe-

cember1933hewasSecretaryofIvan-

hoeLodgeandKansasCityRoyalArch

ChapterandRecorderoftheKansas

CityCommanderyoftheKnightsTem-

plar.

Thejewelwiththelatestdateisfrom

1941.ItisagoldKnightsTemplar

medal,intheshapeofaChristiancross,

withthebackengraved,“Presentedby

KansasCityCommanderyNo.10K.T.

toEminentSirJ.O.ChristensenCom-

mander1941.”Sixyearslater,in1947,

JuliusO.Christensendiedattheageof

72.

Allofthesebadgesandjewelswere

initiallydesignedandusedtoconvey

well-understoodsymbolsandachieve-

ments.

Doyouhaveastoryaboutoneof

yourfavoriteorspecialbadges?Can

youhelpuslearnmoreabouthow

badgesweredesigned,selectedorused

inthe20thand21stcenturies?

Ifyouwouldliketoshareastoryor

talkaboutadonationfortheNational

HeritageMuseum’scollection,please

sendmeanemailatanewell@monh.org

orgivemeacallat781-457-4144.

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Ajewelforthe33°fromtheGrand
LodgeofMassachusettscollection.It
looksmuchlikethejewelpresented
today.

TheNationalHeritageMuseumis
locatedinLexington,MA,onthe
groundsofNorthernMasonic
JurisdictionSupremeCouncil
headquarters.