The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library received the Masonic quilt at left as a recent gift.It was made in 1981 and helps us bring our fraternal quilt collection closer to the present, allowing us to compare and contrast this quilt with others from the 1800s and early 1900s (see these previous blog posts! Anyone who quilted or sewed during the late 1970s and early 1980s may recognize some of the fabrics if you look at them closely.Your picture does indeed show a Knights of Pythias grave marker.They are rarely used now-a-days but we do use a small Pythian grave flag that is put on graves during memorial periods.Made in 1989, it shows the symbol of the Pythian Sisters, a female auxiliary of the Knights of Pythias (for more on this group, see our posts), which was formed after the Civil War. If so, we'd love to hear about it in a comment below.This quilt was a gift, honoring the accomplishments and volunteer efforts of one Pythian Sisters member, on the occasion of the group's centennial. The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, established in 1864 in Washington, DC, by Justus H.
Many of those asking questions are hoping that they possess a sword from the Middle Ages when the Templars fought in the crusades.The Freemasons began using Templar rituals and symbols in the late 1700s.Knights Templar legends and myths are quite popular in movies and books such as This entry was posted on Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 at pm and is filed under Freemasons, Knights Templar.We loved the story that the donor told about this quilt's history.His aunt, a lieutenant commander and nurse in the U. Navy, made this bed covering for him on the occasion of his installation as Master of Crescent Lodge in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, for the second time.