Designed with display appeal in mind, Freemason ceremonial swords make great collectibles. One such sword surfaces here, with this early 1900s Rose Lipp sword and scabbard set. This antique sword is decorated with symbols and provenance, which leave no doubt as to its origin and genuine nature. Well known as a manufacturer of and dealer in Masonic supplies, Rose Lipp operated in the Boston region from 1900-1930. The maker has engraved her hallmark on the back of the sword's hilt, as "Rose Lipp, Boston, Mass". Both sides of the blade are decorated with an ornate acanthus leaf scroll, with the names "Samuel A. Cass" on one side, and "Haverhill Commandery K.T." on the opposite side. When inserted in the scabbard, this piece measures 36" from top to bottom, and the sword itself has a length of 34-1/2".
The handle is adorned with a brass knight's helmet on the end of a wood handle, that is painted black. A crimson Cross within a brass Cross is centered on the wood section, and the brass hand guard bears the Mason's square and compass device with letter "G" at center, on a badge with die-cut acanthus leaf finials. A securely fitted brass chain runs from the helmet to the hand guard. The brass scabbard is also adorned with a crimson cross, followed by an etched version of the classic egg and dart design, and a combination acanthus leaf and serpentine scroll, with all design elements appearing on the same side. Located at the bottom tip of the scabbard is a 9-point star, set in a rounded Orthodox style Cross. Modest age-appropriate wear is noted, though all elements remain attractive.