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TSLAC 306-4066 Masonic Flag (20th Century)

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Wool, 98 x 176 inches
Unconserved

1980 Conservation report (PDF)1980 Conservator's report - Panhandle Plains Historical Museum


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TSLAC 306-4066
Masonic Flag (20th Century)

Almost nothing is known about this flag, which bears two of the most recognizable symbols in Freemasonry: the square and compasses with the letter "G" in the center, and the seven stars or Pleiades. The pennant shape of the flag, along with its very large size, suggest that it may have been flown at sea.

It was not unusual for Masonic ship captains to carry a flag and fly it to ask for (or offer) help from other Masons, who were obliged to recognize the brotherhood regardless of nationality. During the age of ocean liners, in the early to mid 20th century, a Masonic captain would sometimes fly a flag to indicate the presence of a high-ranking Masonic passenger.

A definitive Texas connection for the flag has not been established. It bears the inked inscriptions "Haverly" and "No 2," which may indicate the lodge that provided the flag. In Texas, this would suggest a connection with Milam Masonic Lodge #2, which was established in Nacogdoches in 1836 and is still active today.

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