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    'Holiness to the Lord' brass ornament.

    Hi John,

    Please could you give me some info about this brass ornament, if possible? It belonged to my Grandmother who passed away in 1978. She owned it for as long as I can remember.
    It stands just 11cm tall and as you see, the inscription on the 'arch' reads: Holiness to the Lord (Curiously, my Grandmother wasn't in the least bit religious!)
    I've googled this phrase and a lot of biblical references appeared ... but I don't understand what link this phrase would have to the knight(?) on horseback, or the crown at the top of the arch.
    The reverse side is 'flat' with quite a heavy patina (no makers name or other markings).
    Last edited by Lettuce-Leaf; 19/09/2014 at 10:23 AM.
    It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau



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    Sorry, I always struggle with getting photos from photo-bucket - here it is:





    (Sorry the image is SO huge!)
    Last edited by Lettuce-Leaf; 19/09/2014 at 10:21 AM.
    It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau

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    looks like king william of orange on horseback

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    The link is the Knight's Templar and Freemasonry.

    The two pillars represent Solomon's Temple (which is why most masonic lodges have pillars at the entrance).

    The Knight is a Templar Knight.

    The phrase "Holiness to the Lord" is a key phrase in Masonry and is often used in various ceremonies.
    Actus non facit reum nisi mens est rea.

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    Gosh, thanks Ruler!1 ... I had absolutely no knowledge of any of that.

    Very puzzled now as to why my Nan would have owned a Masonic ornament ... my Grandfather passed away in 1938 (aged 41), so perhaps he was a member of a Masonic Lodge.
    It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau

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    Thanks Ruler you have answered the question much better than I could, you knowledge of Masonry is much more than mine.

    I would like to ad the item is unusual and is probably Circa 1900 and I love the condition worn by polishing, It is items like this that I love to own.


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