LODGE FAIHA, No.1311 (BASRAH, IRAQ)
All Freemasons, and the Scots are no exceptions, love to decorate all sorts of items with Masonic symbols.
It is almost as if the old army adage of: ‘If it moves salute it, if it is stationary, paint it’ applies to Freemasonry.
We have been asked several times for unusual and /or beautiful examples of Scottish Masonic Jewels and we are happy to do that albeit only occasionally. In the last couple of weeks we have posted a couple of jewels but when we spotted this one this morning we just had to share it with you.
Lodge Faiha, No.1311, was founded in Basrah in 1923 mainly by Scots engineers. The Lodge thrived and as can be seen from the jewel acknowledged and respected the local faith and culture.
Gold enamelled jewels like this were expensive to make but were common before WWII. During that war precious metal became difficult to obtain and so base metal, and even bachelite, were substituted instead.
After the war years much of Europe was economically depressed (and no that is not a political observation!) and precious metals, despite being available remained expensive and it’s use continued to decline.
Collectors of Masonic Jewels today much prefer the quality of pre-war jewels although collecting them can become a very expensive business.
In the lead up to the Suez Crisis in 1956 Lodge Faiha was declared dormant, always with the hope that it would one day be reponed, but it was not to be. This jewel is one tangible Scottish Masonic artifact that is as beautiful as it is historical.