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Masonic Beehive ? Fraternal
8 x 6.5 pica ( 1 5/16? x 1 1/16? )
The bee and the hive have long been symbols of industry and regeneration, wisdom and obedience, with a place in Egyption, Roman and Christian symbolism. The hive is often seen in Masonic illustrations of the 18th and 19th century and both Clovis and Napoleon adopted the bee as their symbol. Although "the bee was among the Egyptians the symbol of an obedient people, because, says Horapollo, 'of all insects, the bee alone had a king. Its use in Freemasonry was secondary to any number of other symbols based on the working tools of a stone mason.
No foundry identification mark.