Some say its as simple as standing for God and Geometry. Others believe it represents the word Gnosis, meaning the knowledge of spiritual mysteries, which is a big component of Masonry. Others still devise that the letter G in ancient Hebrew had a numerical value of 3, which is highly referenced throughout history when talking about God.The Square and Compasses are really the most well known or recognized Freemason symbol. The meaning behind it is quite literal, with the square representing morality in that Freemasons need to square [their] actions by the square of virtue with all mankind. The compass then measures the ability to wisely conduct actions within certain boundaries. In other words, together the Square and Compasses remind Freemasons to explore their desires and passions without stepping outside the realms of moral behaviour. These plaques were typically displayed by the coffin at the wake or viewing, then attached to the coffin before burial or kept by the family as a momento.
There are no markings on the back so I do not want to testify as to whether the plaque is made of silver, pewter or lead. The plaque measures approximately 3 3/4" tall by 3 3/4" wide. A great historical piece for yourself or a gift for someone who has it all. The item "Unused 1800's Metal Masonic Freemason Casket Plaque G with Square &!Compass" is in sale since Tuesday, November 3, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Historical Memorabilia\Fraternal Organizations\Masonic, Freemasonry\Other Freemason Collectibles". The seller is "thebeatymercantile" and is located in Manzanola, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States.