Masonic Medal

Masonic Medal
Silver and paste
circa 1780
Gift of Mrs. Lovell Hodge, 1952
This Masonic medal is a Past Master’s jewel and is a special presentation piece made of silver, embellished with paste stones.

According to family tradition, this medal belonged to George Washington, who may have worn it at Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge #4, where he was a member for forty years. It may also be the “silver medal” that Howell Lewis, Fielding and Betty’s youngest son, purchased for $25.00 at the 1802 private sale held at Mount Vernon, following the death of Martha Washington.

The piece descended in the Lewis family until given to the Foundation by Mrs. Lovell Hodge in 1952.