American Freemason's "Knights of Malta" Cross

The picture is of, in my opinion and from past experience, the jewel of a member knight of the "Order of Malta". This particular Order is one of the three bestowed on members of the Commandery of Knights Templar which is one of the four bodies that compose the York Rite of Freemasonry. This jewel is quite typical of those given to the newly inducted. The eagle bearing an olive branch and arrows in its claws surmounted by the "E. Pluribus Unum" motto is present due to the tradition of including the seal/symbol of the country in which the member was inducted in the center of the cross. In the modern day it is more common to such American crosses with a shield in the center that has a blue charge with red & white stripes on the field.

Brad Pender: Springfield, Missouri.

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Springfield, Missouri USA

Updated 5th January 2001
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