Recent Acquisitions: Freemasons and the Case of the Missing Jewel

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week.

By the time Charles F. Crocker received the 33rd Degree of Inspector General Honorary in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, the ornate breast jewel was well earned. The English-speaking Masonic world is usually governed by a three degree system, but for members who make substantial contributions to society and Freemasonry, only a diamond and ruby encrusted jewel will do.

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