Square and Compasses

With or without the Letter "G" the Square and Compasses is the Universal Symbol of Freemasonry. This has been recognized and accepted as the Masonic emblem from the beginning of the 18th Century at least. The United States Patent Office took note of this in 1873. It told a flour manufacturer, and the world: This device, so commonly worn and employed by Masons, has an established mystic significance, universally recognized as existing, whether comprehended by all or not, is not material to this issue. In view of the magnitude of the Masonic organization, it is impossible to divest its symbols, or at least this particular symbol - perhaps the best known of all - of its ordinary significance, wherever displayed." The manufacturer was denied the use of the Square and Compasses as a trade-mark.

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