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Exceedingly Rare Carved FREEMASON Watch Hutch
New England, likely Massachusetts or New Hampshire, 18th century. Pine or poplar, with original dry black and salmon paint. Richly carved, including numbers around the dial and five individual carvings of the 'Square and Compass', a symbol of the Freemasons. The compass and square represent the convergence of matter and spirit, i.e., earthly and spiritual responsibilities. One can speculate that this watch hutch was made to display a watch presented for achievement of a Freemason level. About 8 inches tall. Terrific condition with minor hairline. Joinery includes two brass tacks used to hold furniture fabric in that period. Has always hung but could stand as well. Notable Freemans of this period include: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Paul Jones, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere.
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