I've talked about Masonic collectors before--many of us are. And all of those that collect have a favorite piece. Very often it's something that has a deep personal meaning, like a ring or a lapel pin that belonged to a friend or a family member. Most of my favorite items fall into that category.
And this is without doubt one of my favorite pieces. It's a beautiful old ceramic piece in the shape of a Past Master's emblem. It's in almost perfect condition, and I like it for several reasons.
It's beautiful to look at, it's unique, and my Father found it somewhere in his travels, and gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago. I've seen a few similar, but not one exactly like it.
I keep it on my desk, and it's nice to look at while I'm writing. I find that very often when I'm stuck on one of my writing projects (and that happens every so often), that piece is very useful. More often than not, I find great inspiration within that symbol.
It could be because of the booze within that symbol.
And I know somebody will ask me, so I'll save you the trouble. I have no idea how old it is, but the bottom of the decanter reads "Mike Wayne Distilling Company. Masonic Order Limited Edition Decanter." And that's all I really know about it--if you know something more about it, please share.
P.S. I was just kidding about the booze--there's actually nothing in that whiskey decanter but dust. I've always preferred beer. That's apple juice in the glass.
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