Fraternal medals, which are common in the United States but less so in Europe, range from the rarified to the ordinary. At one end of the spectrum are the beautiful Masonic presentation medals made by Tiffany, which hung from bright red ribbons. At the other end are your basic service medals, whose horizontal bars mark the number of years the wearer has been with a particular order.

Many of the objects we think of as medals are actually referred to as jewels by Masons. The jewels are the metal parts of the medals, which were often made of silver, silver plate, or gold plate. These squares, compasses, keys, and other Masonic symbols hung from jewel hangers, what we might refer to today as ribbons. The ribbon portions of the hangers were usually made of silk, while the metal at the top and bottom of the hanger was formed from silver plate or coin silver. DeMoulin Bros. & Co. of Greenville, Illinois, was one of the biggest suppliers of jewels, hangers, and other Masonic accoutrements.

Of course, Masons do not wear whatever jewel strikes their fancy. Each object is designated for a particular officer. For example, the Worshipful Master, who is the leader of a given lodge, wears the right angle of a square, a tool used by Masons to make sure a right angle is “true.” A lodge’s senior warden will wear a level, while the junior warden is decorated with a plumb. Other officers wear crossed keys (the treasurer) or crossed quill pens (the secretary). In general, no one except the officer is supposed to wear a jewel of office, although the widow or daughter of a deceased Mason may do so. There are also medals for degrees of service for members of other fraternal groups such as the Scottish Rite.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum

Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum

The numerous jewelry sections of Phoenixmasonry.org's Masonic Museum hold fraternal treasures bestowed upon Blue Lo… [read review or visit site]

Comic Character Pinbacks

Comic Character Pinbacks

Mark Lansdown's excellent collection of over 800 pinbacks representing 200+ comic characters from 100+ strips. Beau… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

1938 Rare 9ct Solid Gold Masonic Masons Past Masters Medal Jewel UnpersonalisedAntique 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Silver & Gold Masonic Medal, BoxedJob Lot Of Masonic Enamel Medals / Jewels Rmig Rmib Rmbi Knights Of MaltaJob Lot Solid Silver Fob & Chain Masonic / Buffalo Medals Not Scrap 104gmsMasonic Enamel Medals / Jewels Raob Rmig Coronation / Rmbi / Grand Lodge SilverLarge Collection Of Vintage Masonic Mixed Badges, Patches & Medals / Jewels "all Seeing Eye" Bakelite Shift Knob - Illuminati Masonic Freemasons Nwo MedalSociety Of Colonial Wars Fraternal Badge By Tiffany For Wwi Military VeteransRare 22nd Knights Templar Kt Triennial Conclave Medal 1883#2 Society Of Colonial Wars Fraternal Badge By Tiffany For Wwi Military Veterans1857 Albert Pike 33rd Degree Masonic Table Medal Mason No ReserveAntique Solid Silver Unusual Large Masonic Medallion - 68gr - Fully HallmarkedSons Of The American Revolution Fraternal MedalsVintage 14k Gold Masonic Past Master Compass And Sun Medal Pin Badge Nr!Brass Enamel Odd Fellows F L T Skull Crossbones All Seeing Eye Uniform Badge Great Vintage Masonic-knight's Templar Membership Medal And Black Ribbon-makerRare 31st Knights Templar Kt Triennial Conclave Badge 1910 Chicago1893 Columbian Expo Chicago World's Fair Order Of Chosen Friends Fraternal BadgeDar Gold Filled Medal Of Honor Nsdar Daughters American Revolution FraternalRare 42nd Knights Templar Kt Triennial Conclave Badge 1943 ChicagoAntique 10k Gold Masonic In Hoc Signo Vinces Knights Templar Medal Fob & ChainVintage 14k Solid Gold Masonic Deus Meumque Jus 33 Degree Emblem Medal PinVintage Knights Of Columbus Pin, Medal From 1902 Saratoga Springs, N.y.Vintage Masonic Demolay Degree Of Chevalier Enamel Medal, Gold Cordon Rope1898 No.35 Allegheny Pennsylvania Kt Knights Templar Conclave Medal Badge NrMasonic Sterling Silver Pin Medal Lebanon Pa Council 39.7 GramsVintage Goldfield, Iowa Rebekah Lodge Degree Badge And Ribbon, Fraternal, F L TMasonic Knights Of Malta St Johns Lapel Pin Badge (23c)Usa Masonic MedalVintage Rare K Of C Knights Of Columbus Enamel Cloisonne Radiator Badge Masonic Sterling Silver Pin Medal Lebanon Pa Council 24.7 GramsUnknown Missouri 'for Merit' Badge W/purple Ribbon & Wings, Military? Fraternal?Masonic Sterling Silver Pin Medal Lebanon Pa CouncilAntique Vintage Massachusetts Consistory 32nd Degree Mason Medal1892 Celluloid Fraternal Pin Badge Whitehead & Hoag Newark Nj Hand Shake1904 Knights Templar 29th Triennial Conclave Admission Badge - San Francisco CaKnights Templar Commandery Ascalon No.25 Society MedalOld Medal 1964 Steward London Royal Masonic Enamelled For Boys Vintage Masonic Order Demolay Templar Merit Badge Enamel Mason Fraternal Pin LotMasonic Medal F.p.a Pin Back With Liberty Bell #3 Vintage Masons Masonic Grand Lodge Of West Virginia Veterans Badge 1999Epns Masonic Medal By E Hooper Wimbledon Car Grille Chrome Emblem Badge Kiwanis NewCar Grille Chrome Emblem Badge Kiwanis Old Medal 1961 Steward Royal Masonic Enamelled Old Medal 1957 Steward Royal Masonic Enamelled