Masonic Medal, 1812


Masonic medal maker Francis Shallus (1774-1821) was born in Philadelphia, the son of a Revolutionary War officer.He was an active engraver in Philadelphia from 1797 to 1821. Well known as the author of the Chronological Tables, for Every Day in the Year, which was published in 1817,he was also active in politics and militia affairs.He and his wife Ann operated a circulating library in Philadelphia, which she continued to operate for several years after his death on November 12, 1821.The Freemasons are the world's largest fraternal organization.What is known as modern Freemasons began in 1717 in England; however, the history of the legend of the Freemasons dates far back to biblical times with the building of King Solomon's temple and written evidence of the Freemasons appears in the fourteenth century.A secret society, there is no known founder of this fraternal organization.The Freemason organization is not a religious group, but rather a group based on many religious and moral ideas.

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