These ornate Masonic Ball Fobs can also be known as a Cross Fob or a Masonic Orb.
The original Freemason owner would have worn this to discreetly shown his membership into the brotherhood.
They are still in production to this day, however they most commonly date to the late 19th to early 20th century.
This example is crafted from both 9ct rose gold and silver (inside) to the inside pyramids which is the most typical construction seen, very rarely are they found in 9ct or 18ct inside.
The orb is of 9ct gold and in its closed position resembles a ‘ballot ball’ used during Masonic voting.
Once opened this Orb folds out to reveal six hand engraved pyramids with 24 Masonic symbols - 4 per pyramid.
A larger and heavier example than usual this fine example weighs a considerable 12.9 grams and measures, when open, 5 cm x 3 cm and when closed 1.6cm.
Manufactured by John Henry Wynn - Hilton Street Birmingham and stamped as such.
1.16cm - Closed
Open - 5cm x 3.2cm
‘JHW’ - Mark for John Henry Wynn
Made In England
Very very good antique condition. Substantial example at over 12 grams. Opens and closes perfectly. Large round bale is not gold but we’ve decided to leave it as its large, solid and looks great! No issues to note.
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