Knights Templar at Temple Mount

19 Jun
Photo of Knights Templar bookends

1916 Lead Bookends

These are bookends that were produced for the Masonic Order.  They show knights raising their swords toward a cross in the sky and planting their flag (or standard) on a mound which probably represents Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  From the crosses on their chests, shields, and banner, we know they are Knights Templar.  The bookends are 5 inches tall, made of lead in 2 pieces, upright and base, with a thin wood backing to support the soft metal.  The lead castings do not capture crisp details of the figures which are in very low relief, but the passion cross at  top left of the bookend face is surrounded with the words “IN HOC SIGNO VINCES”, meaning “By this sign (the cross) you will conquer,” the motto of the Masonic Knights Templar.  The inscription at the lower left reads 33rd TRIENNIAL CENTENNIAL CONCLAVE LOS ANGELES JUNE 17-24 1916.  These are the most recently-made bookends of lead that we have seen.  It is a fair guess that only few of these bookends were produced.

Additional Masonic bookends can be viewed at the Phoenix Masonic Museum’s online collection.


Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Aesthetic


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4 responses to “Knights Templar at Temple Mount

  1. Aaron

    May 21, 2014 at 17:02

    I have a set of these, signed by a member w/ signature dated 1916. Do you know anyone who might be interested in these? They are in ‘okay’ condition. The lead itself looks good, but the wood is cracked in one of them.

    • Bookend Collector

      May 24, 2014 at 09:12

      There is a link to the Phoenix Masonic Museum in the post we wrote about the Knights Templar Bookends. We suggest that you contact them regarding your bookends. They may know who would be an interested collector. Also, your local Masonic Lodge may have an interest.

  2. Kisti daniels

    November 30, 2013 at 16:26

    What are the mason conclave bookends worth?

    • Bookend Collector

      December 1, 2013 at 09:03

      Hello Kisti:

      It is not our practice to post prices on The Bookend Collector blog. However, in our book, BOOKENDS: Objects of Art and Fashion, pg. 50, fig. 111, we have given the range of $270 – $420. This would be for bookends in good shape. Since lead is a soft material it can be easily damaged and details smudged.
      Thank you for your interest in bookends.

      The Bookend Collector


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