Masonic Gavel from King Solomon’s Quarries, Jerusalem

The top of this Masonic gavel was created out of material taken from an ancient underground quarry that extends beneath Old Jerusalem, called “King Solomon’s Quarries.” Its handle is made of genuine olive wood, and its head of sandstone, into which is carved a square and compasses with the letter “G” in its center. The unique piece comes from the collection of Ill. John Henry Cowles, 33°, who served as the 13th Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite, SJ, USA, from Oct. 18, 1921 to Oct. 6, 1952.