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(9) Old Order Of The Eastern Star Fraternal Organization Items
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(9) Old Order Of The Eastern Star Fraternal Organization Items
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The pictures below show larger views of all (9) Old Order Of The Eastern Star Fraternal Organization Items in this lot. Some of these items are dated and others are not. There are porcelain or ceramic items and paper items included here. The following items are in this lot:

There are two ''Certificate of Membership'' certificates for the same woman. One is from 1998 for 55 years and the other is from 1999 for 60 years. They are both from the Grand Chapter, Order of The Eastern Star of New Hampshire. They have gold seals and are filled in.

There are (3) dated and signed ''Official Receipt For Dues'' cards. These are for the same person from the years 1972, 1978, and 1979.

Next there is a stamp on a section of scrap book paper. It has the insignia or emblem with women. It was from Eastern Star of New York.

The other three items in this lot are made of porcelain or ceramic. Each of these bears the Eastern Star emblem in color. The first item is a Lefton China tea or coffee cup (with no saucer plate). It also has a gold rim, gold on the handle, as well as gold stars inside and out. It is marked on the bottom with a crown and as follows:

LEFTON CHINA
HAND PAINTED
REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.
907

Next there is an opened book planter. It has an opening in the back for a plant and it is on a base. The planter has ''The Lord's Prayer'' in gold. It is also marked on the back as follows:

ADAH CHAPTER
#9
O.E.S.

The final item included in this lot is another opened book. This one has an attached ribbon to hang it on a wall, or it can be displayed flat on a table. It has gold page edges and framed gold print that reads as follows:

MAY THE STAR OF THE EAST THAT OVER GLEAMS WITH THE GLORY OF THE ETERNAL ABIDE WITH YOU, SENDING FORTH CHEERING RAYS OF FRIENDSHIP AND COMPANIONSHIP ALONG LIFE'S RUGGED PATH.

To judge the sizes the certificates each measure 11'' x 7''. These items appear to range from excellent to mint condition as pictured. Below here, for reference, is some background and historical information about the Order of the Eastern Star:

History of the Order of the Eastern Star
General History

''The Order of the Eastern Star is an adoptive rite of Freemasonry with teachings based on the Bible and objectives that are charitable and benevolent. The founder of OES was Dr. Robert Morris, a lawyer and educator from Boston, Massachusetts, who was a Master Mason and Past Grand Master of Kentucky. Dr. Morris intended his creation to become a female branch of Freemasonry, but he failed to overcome the great opposition this idea engendered. After his first published ritual in 1849 - 1850, he became associated with Robert Macoy who wrote and published a ritual based on Morris' in 1867. The first Grand Chapter was organized in Michigan in the same year. (There is evidence for an organization of the same name founded variously in 1788 or 1793, but this group was defunct by 1867.) Subordinate (local) chapters operate under charter from state level grand chapters which are responsible to the General Grand Chapter at the International Eastern Star temple in Washington, D.C..''

''Members must be eighteen years or older and either Master Masons in good standing or properly related to a Master Mason in good standing. The latter category includes wives; widows; sisters; daughters; mothers; granddaughters; step-mothers; step daughters; step-sisters; and half-sisters. In 1994 this was expanded to include nieces, daughters-in-law, and grandmothers.''

''Each chapter has eighteen officers, some elected and others appointed. Two offices are specifically male (Patron and Associate Patron) while nine offices are specifically female (including Matron and Associate Matron). While the Worthy Matron is considered to be the presiding officer of the chapter, the degrees cannot be conferred without a presiding brother in good standing (hence the Patron and Associate Patron).''

''Each chapter retains the right to decide who shall be a member of the organization. Election to the degrees must be unanimous, without debate, and secret. The successful candidate must profess a belief in a Supreme Being and is initiated in five degrees, which are conferred in one ceremony. (When Eastern Star was created, it was intended to be the first of a three degree series. The second and third degrees were Queen of the South and the Order of the Amaranth, respectively.)''

''Interestingly enough, OES requires only the belief in a Supreme Being even though the degrees are based in both the Old and New Testaments. While non Christians are not specifically barred from membership, it would seem to be difficult to be other than Christian and belong to the Order.''

The above article was edited from Dave Stites Masonic FAQ page.

Origin and History of the Adoptive Rite Among Black Women
Researched, compiled and written by Past Grand Worthy Matron Jessie Mae Ayers

''On August 10, 1874, Thornton Andrew Jackson received the several degrees of the Rite of Adoption of the Order of the Eastern Star from Brother C.B. Case, a Deputy and agent of Illustrious Robert Macoy 33, Supreme Patron of the Rite of Adoption of the World. In addition, Thornton Jackson also received a letter from Bro. C. B. Case granting him the authority to establish chapters of the Eastern Star among eligible black women. In obedience to the authority granted by William H. Myers, Grand Master, Union Grand Lodge, Jurisdiction of the District of Columbia, Bro. Jackson established the first Eastern Star Chapter among black women in the United States.''

''On December 1, 1874, Queen Esther Chapter No. 1, Order of the Eastern Star, was established at 708 - O Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. in the home of Mrs. Georgiana Thomas. The first Worthy Matron was Sister Martha Welch and the first Worthy Patron was Bro. Thornton A. Jackson.''

''In December 1874, Grand Master William H. Myers and Deputy Grand Master William A. Tallaferro, Union Grand Lodge, Jurisdiction of the District of Columbia, were invited to receive the androgynous degrees. They both accepted, thus further cementing the ties that bind the Masonic Family together. Upon the occasion of Grand Master Myers' initiation into the Adoptive Rite, he made the following statement to the sisters of Queen Esther Chapter No. 1 - extolling them to greatness: ''May the dove of peace hover over you. May the All Seeing Eye, whom the Sun, Moon and Stars obey ever watch over you. May he keep and protect you in your every effort to promote interest in the general good of this chapter''.''

''On April 28, 1890, Queen of Sheba Chapter No. 3 and on October 20, 1890, Gethsemane Chapter No. 4, Order of the Eastern Star, were established by Thornton A. Jackson within the Jurisdiction of the District of Columbia. He was also instrumental and helped to establish one (1) chapter in Alexandria, Virginia, three (3) chapters in Maryland and three chapters in Pennsylvania. In each instance when a chapter was organized and established, it was adopted by a regularly constituted masonic Lodge. Thus, Brother Jackson was able to bring about more unity within the Masonic Family.''

''During the year 1875, Pythagoras Lodge No. 9 presented the officers of Queen Esther Chapter No. 1 with their first badges which were known as Rosettes. This presentation was made by Worthy Patron Thornton A. Jackson who wished the chapter success and prosperity in the work upon which they were entering. He admonished the officers to wear the Rosettes with dignity keeping ever before them the memory of the five (5) Heronines: Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha and Electa. In closing, Brother Jackson stated "To you Queen Esther and Associates, the representatives of the rays of the Beautiful Star and from whom comes the most charming, the most prophetic and the most instructive lessons of the Old and New Testaments. May you always throw an air of beauty and solemnity around all that you bring thousands to worship Him." This has been our charge as bona fide members of the Order of Eastern Stars from 1875 to this present moment in time.''

''And so it was one hundred years after the founding of the first Black Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, Queen Esther Chapter No. 1, Order of the Eastern Star, was officially instituted in the City of Washington in the District of Columbia.''

The above article was edited from the Prince Hall Masonic Directory, 4th Edition 1992. Conference of Grand Masters, Prince Hall Masons.

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