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 Posted 7/14/2013 11:58:00 AM
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A modest start but more later.









The above from Elsecar Summernational but more to follow.

All feature the symbols of Freemasonary.



The containers themselves are in the shape of a setting maul.

The Masonic setting maul symbol has the face value of its basic use to an operative Mason as that of a tool to set stones. To speculative Masons, it has a secondary meaning which represents a more complex idea or concept such as the manner in which Hiram Abif met his death.



Many jugs are personalised as we see here .



James Middleton of Tollo in Inverkeithny, Banffshire, Scotland


In 1841, James and Mary Middleton were living at Tullo in Inverkeithny parish, Banffshire, Scotland. James was listed as a “Meason” (Mason).

From the 1841 census of Inverkeithny parish:

Name / Age / Gender / Occupation / Born in this County

Tullo

James Middleton… 55 M….Meason*……… y
Mary Middleton…..55 F……………………….. y
Mary Middleton…..20 F……………………….. y
James Middleton…11 Mo M………………….y
Elizabeth Tocher….13 F………F S**………… y

* Mason
** Female Servant

The 1841 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 6 June 1841



Mary Middleton died at the age of 65 on August 3, 1847 and is buried in the churchyard of the church in Inverkeithny, Banffshire.



In 1851, James Middleton was living in Tollo in Inverkeithny parish, Banffshire, Scotland. James was listed as a Mason.

From the 1851 census of Inverkeithny parish:

Name / Relationship to Head / Age / Gender / Occupation / Birthplace

Tollo

James Middleton..Head………..65 M…. Mason………………….Ordiquihill Banffshire
Mary Middleton….Daughter….32 F …..Masons Daur…………Inverkeithnie Banffshire
James Middleton..Grandson…10 M…..Scholar…………………Inverkeithnie Banffshire
Isabella Troup…….Servant…….75 F…..House Serv……………Inverkeithnie Banffshire

The 1851 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 30/31 March 1851.



In 1861, James Middleton was living at Crofton Tollo in the parish of Inverkeithny, Banffshire, Scotland. James was listed as a Mason.

From the 1861 census of Inverkeithny parish:


So we have some wonderfully different types of stoneware in a unique form. They also have a history associated with a very old and secret society plus the bonus of additional family history research.

Query.
Why does a mason roll up his trousers?

To show he is unshackled and is a free man.:)

More anon.
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 Posted 7/14/2013 12:13:45 PM
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Masonic Symbols.




Seven Stars.

This is an apocalyptic degree, and seven stars representing the perfect number symbolize the true messengers of the Christ. "And he had in his right hand seven stars"… — ( Revelations 1:16 )

Coffin.


The coffin is an obvious image to identify with the emblems of mortality. But its depiction is open to much interpretation. Almost uniformly shown with a sprig of acacia, the coffin will also be marked with either a pentagram or a five-pointed star. Whether the variations are the results of esoteric interpretation or the limitations of the engraver’s art is an unanswered question.

Archway.

In masonry, the keystone is the stone that holds together a stone arch. The oddly-shaped keystone is a feat of early engineering, allowing builders to incorporate windows, doorways, and other building elements to a building without sacrificing strength. The main benefit of this innovation is to allow for much more natural light in a structure.

Symbolically, the stone is the last placed, completing the arch created by the pillars Jachim and Boaz. It is analogous to coagulation in the alchemical process, an emblem of completion. Astrologically, the keystone represents the summer solstice- the sun entering the sign of Cancer at its highest point in the northern sky.

We also see a book and the square and compass which can be seen as sexual union between man and woman.
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The sun and moon.





The sun, moon and stars, known in Scripture as the host of heaven, are found to be to the fore of Masonic imagery. These heathenish emblems, which have always been associated with Baal worship, are also found prominently displayed today within most New Age shops. It is not surprising to find such imagery spread widely throughout the occult world. Paganism has always showed its trinities in art by the sun (with a face) representing the male sun god, the moon (with a face) representing the moon goddess (or queen of heaven) and the all-seeing eye representing their offspring.

The children of Israel were often seen turning towards these objects of idolatry at times of great apostasy in Scripture. Such a time is revealed in II Kings 17:16, where "they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal."
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The Ladder.




The Masonic ladder is a unique symbol in Freemasonry in that its symbolic allusion may be traced directly to the Bible (Genesis 28: 10-22)[i]. To my knowledge no other Masonic symbol is thus distinguished. This Bible verse ties the symbol to the story of Jacob, and thereby establishes that the symbolism of the Masonic Ladder is identical to that of Jacob’s ladder. The symbol of the Masonic Ladder figures prominently in the both Entered Apprentice Degree and the Degrees of York Rite Masonry, and is one of the few Masonic symbols which vary in its depiction depending upon the degree system in which it appears. It is also interesting that the symbolism of the ladder is linguistically similar to another prominent Masonic symbol, namely the “Winding Staircase”, however the explanations provided in the degree lectures for these two symbols are distinctly different. As with all Masonic symbols, the Masonic ladder has a much deeper esoteric symbolism which underlies the literal (exoteric) meaning provided in the degree lectures.
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Thanks for posting; lots of interesting information there:) All new to me:)

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 Posted 7/15/2013 9:54:29 AM
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Circle of symbols.



Pillars.

In the course of the Fellow Craft degree, the candidate passes between the two pillars on his symbolic way into the Middle Chamber of Solomon’s Temple. Individually, they represent strength and establishment.

The letter G.

This letter represents the initial of God, or the Grand Architect of the Universe, as well as geometry, the basis of Freemasonry’s origins. Uniting the concept of God with geometry is a way of connecting the spiritual world to the physical world.

The sword.

The heart and the sword symbolize justice.

The level.

A building tool similar to the plumb, the level measures the levelness of horizontal surfaces. It reminds Masons that they’re all living their lives upon the level of time.

The Five Pointed Star.

The five-pointed star is another emblem representative of God.

The Plumb Bob.

A device with a string and a weight at the bottom (called a plumb bob) to help a workman determine if a vertical wall or surface is level. The plumb line always points to both the center of the Earth and to the heavens. It's a symbol of justice, rectitude, uprightness, equity, and truth.

The Beehive.

Bees have long been a symbol of hard work and teamwork. To the Mason, the beehive is especially fascinating, because the honeycomb is a perfect geometric structure.

The Ladder.

In the book of Genesis, Jacob dreamed that he saw a ladder stretching from Earth to heaven, and angels climbed up and down it. In Masonry, the ladder is described as having three main rungs, representing faith, hope, and charity. Other rungs include temperance, fortitude, prudence, and justice.

Taken together, these rungs are the guiding virtues of Freemasonry.

The Book.

The Book of Constitutions is the code of Masonic laws that govern the operation of lodges.

All can be seen within the circle above and this little bit of knowledge leads to far greater appreciation of the bottle from the collectors viewpoint.
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 Posted 7/15/2013 10:03:08 AM
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Freemasonry rituals and symbols are a complex area and take many years to be understood and remembered.

It is said -

"Retiring, like truth, into the secrecy of her profound retreats Masonry presents her symbols to her initiates and demands of them that they shall study and understand them in order that they may value them, as men always value that only which is attained with difficulty and by exertion."

So not actually being a Freemason ( And there may be some here who are . ) I have only given simplistic details in relation to the bottles.
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The Dedication.

For we shall call it thus.



Some jugs are named and the majority of these have a Scottish origin. Oddly enough we see jugs with both a couples name and just a singular woman's name. I am still trying to work out the significance of all of this.Certainly many of these jugs came from Scottish potteries and appear both in saltglaze and " Bristol " glaze. Dates on jugs range from 1843 to 1880 and this pretty much seems to bracket when they were in use. In use for what though ?
To contain whiskey? To be present within the lodge or to be kept at home ? For the moment I cannot answer those questions.

Women and Freemasonry.

Freemasonry and women have a complex relationship, which can be readily divided into many phases with no demonstrable relationship to each other until the 20th century. A few women were involved in freemasonry before the 18th century, however the first printed constitutions of the Premier Grand Lodge of England appeared to bar them from the craft forever. Starting in the 1740s, some French lodges began admitting women to masonic functions, then to special lodges. The degrees in the "Lodges of Adoption" had the same names as the men's degrees, but different content. These spread to other countries, but never Britain. They were eclipsed during the French Revolution, revived under Napoleon, suppressed again by the Grand Orient de France, revived again in the early 20th century, then re-emerged in the 1950s as proper women's Freemasonry. Meanwhile, British and (and later American) Regular Masonic jurisdictions remained male only. In the late 1800s, rites similar to adoption emerged in the United States, allowing masons and their female relatives to participate in ritual together. These bodies, however, were more careful to discriminate between the mixed ritual and the genuine Freemasonry of the men.

In the 1890s, mixed lodges following a standard masonic ritual started to appear in France, and quickly spread to other countries. Women-only jurisdictions appeared soon afterwards. As a general rule, the admission of women is now recognised in Continental (Grand Orient) jurisdictions. In Anglo-American Freemasonry, neither mixed nor all-female lodges are officially recognised, although unofficial relations can be cordial, with premises sometimes shared.
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Indeed all the information you have given does make the bottles much more interesting; I shall look differently at them from now on:) I don't think that I could afford to collect them though, so I think I will have to keep my collecting theme as it is:)

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