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— William Howard Taft

Sunday, May 03, 2009

My Ebay/Broad Ripple Discovery

The joys of Ebay are many. Judging from my occasional intemperance and my checkbook balance, such joys can also, at times, be entirely too addictive. But there are gems that simply cannot be passed by.

The most recent case in point is a 55 year-old, self-winding, gold Hamilton wristwatch. On its face, nothing special. But on its back are Masonic symbols, including the compasses and quadrant of a Past Master. More important, it is inscribed to Wbro. Jesse Hodshire, Master of Broad Ripple Lodge #643, my mother lodge, in 1954.

After making its way to the distant shores of Oregon by a twisted route, it is now back home again in Indiana.

1 comment:

  1. I am glad that you found such a treasure. There must be some story as to how it got out to Oregon.

    Does make me think, though: I need to put something together regarding who gets my Masonic bling when I pass on, with notes about what this or that item means to me.


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