Rare 1850 Antique Masonic Book Freemasonry Occult Freemason Knight Templar Illus

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Charles W. Moore

A Rare Piece of Masonic History!

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Here is theoriginal 1850 Editionof "THE NEW MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD, adapted to the work and lectures of lodges, as practised in the United States of America," by Charles W. Moore. Published by Charles W. Moore, Boston. Stereotype Edition.

Condition is overall GOOD.Binding is straight and tight with all pages present and firmly intact. Pages clean and bright. Light damp stain along the very bottom edge of a few pages. This is unobtrusive and doesn't interfere at all with the text or pictures. No musty or smoky smells. No writings. Covers are as shown with edgewear, corner bumping and fraying of spine ends. The back cover has a large whitened area where something had been set upon the cover. See pics below. Despite the cover issue this one hundred and sixty-three year old book is in good antique condition.

Pre-Civil War Era Masonic Writings

Freemasonry has long been shrouded in a cloak of mystery. What goes on behind lodge doors is known only to the Masonic brethern. For many centuries nothing was written down regarding Freemasonry rituals, rites, ceremonies, initiations and more. Rather knowlege was passed mouth to ear. Eventually it became realized that some form of written communication would be helpful to Masonic brothers. Now you can own such a book written just prior to the Civil War era.

The Masonic Trestle-Board includes both the Masonic Trestle-Board and The Masonic Trestle-Board part II bound into one volume. It is a complete and accurate working book for all degrees from the first degree to that of the Knight Templar.

Complete with intriguing text, beautiful plates and illustrations this rare volume would make a fantastic addition to any Freemasonry library.

Below you will find a complete table of contents, book features, a sampling of several of the pictures/pages in the book and a short biography/summary of the author or subject.



The Apron

Architecture, Definition of

Antiquity of

Orders of






Invention of



Address to Grand Master at his


At the Initiation of a Soldier

Badge of a Mason

Brotherly Love


Candidates, Qualifications and

Duties of

Admission of

Ceremonial Illustrations

Ceremony of Constituting a


Of Consecration

Of Installation

Of Laying Foundation Stones

Dedicating Masonic Halls

At Funerals

Charges at Opening

At Closing

On the Private Duties

Of Masons

On Duties as Citizens

On Duties in the Lodge

On Duties as Neighbors

On Duties towards a Brother

Charge at Initiation to the First Degree

At Initiation to the Second Degree

At Initiation to the Third Degree

Upon the Installation of he Officers of a Lodge

Closing a Lodge

Common Gavel

Consecration, Ceremony of

Constituting a Lodge

Corner Stones, Laying of

Covering of Lodges

Declaration to be assented to by a Candidate

Dedication of Masonic Halls

Of Lodges

Emblems, the

Three Steps

Pot of Incense


Book of Constitutions

Sword pointing to a Naked Heart

All-seeing Eye

Anchor and Ark

Forty-seventh Problem of Euclid




First Degree

First section of

Second do

Third do

Five Senses

Form of a Lodge

Form of Petition for a New Lodge,

Dispensation for a New Lodge

Charter, or Warrant

Power for Constituting a New Lodge

Commission for Dist. Dep. G Master

Form of Commission re-appointing D. D. G. M.

Proxy for Representation in G Lodge


Freemasonry, Definition of

Funeral Ceremonies



Advantages of

Moral Advantages of

Globes, Use of



Installation, Ceremonies of



Laying Foundation Stones

Lamb Skin

Lodge Definition of

Its Organization

The Form of

The Covering of

The Furniture of

The Ornaments of

The Jewels of

To whom dedicated



Masonry, Operative


Opening of a Lodge

Operative Masonry


Past Master's Degree

First Section

Second Section

Third Section

Fourth Section

Fifth Section

Petition for Degrees

Plumb Line

Prayers at Opening

Prayers, general, at Closing

Prayer (Benediction)

Prayer at the Initiation of a Candidate

Prayer at Initiation to 2nd Deg

Prayer at Initiation to 3rd Deg

Prayers at Initiation,

Prayer at Opening the G Lodge

Prayer at Constituting a Lodge

Procession at Constituting a Lodge

Procession of G Lodge at do

Procession at laying Foundation Stones

Procession at Dedications

Procession at Funerals,


Point within a Circle

Remarks on the First Degree

On Second

On Third

On Past Master's Deg



Second Degree

First Section

Second Section

Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences



Six Days

Speculative Masonry

Support of Lodge



Third Degree, Remarks on

First Section

Second Section

Third Section



Twenty-four Inch Gauge


The Degree Of Mark Master

The Degree Of Past Master

The Degree Of Most Excellent Master

The Degree Of Royal Arch

The Degree Of Royal Master

The Degree Of Select Master

Installation Of Councils Of Royal And Select Masters

Order Of High-priesthood

Consecration And Dedication Of Chapters

Installation Of Chapters


Knights Of The Red Cross

Knights Templars

Knights Of Malta

Constitution And Dedication Of Encampments

Installation Of Encampments


  • Decorative Hardcover
  • Pages: 98 and 104 (Total 202)
  • Measures 5" x 7.5" (19 cm)
  • Illustrated

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A Little Freemasonry History

The Freemasons have been the subject of much intrigue, speculation and discussion for centuries.The true origins of Freemasonry are not known. The knowledge has been lost to history, which leaves room only for speculation.

Some researchers believe that the origins go as far back as either the Ancient Mysteries, the Crusades, the Jewish religion, the Rosicrucian’s or the Knights Templar. Although all of these theories have been considered, no firm conclusions have ever been reached.

According to some legends the brotherhood dates back to the construction of King Solomon’s Temple. These legends appeared to be substantiated when the British Archaeologist and Egyptologist, Sir William Petrie, towards the end of the 19th century, unearthed papyrus records in the Liberian desert describing meetings of these guilds. Some scholars however do not feel that there is sufficient data to fully substantiate the claims.

Along with speculation on the origins of Freemasonry, there have also been hundreds of conspiracy theories that have plagued Freemasons from as early as the late 1700’s. Generally these theories fall into just a couple of categories: Political Domination and Anti-Christian or Devil Worship.

Likely these are a result of the esoteric nature of the Masonic rituals and symbols, misinterpretations of Masonic doctrines and the repetition of false claims. In fact, in the late 1890’s author Leo Taxil, decided to mock not only Freemasonry but also the Roman Catholic Church for their opposition to Freemasonry.

He wrote 4 volumes filled with ‘damning eyewitness accounts’ from people who allegedly participated in demonic worship as Freemasons. Prior to writing his books, he had undergone a ‘fake’ conversion to Catholicism.

One of the eyewitnesses in his book was a woman by the name of Diana Vaughn who claimed to have been involved with Satanic Freemason rituals. His book even received the praise from the Pope.

Taxil called a press conference in late 1897 where he promised to introduce Diana Vaughn to the world. Instead he announced that all of his writing was fictitious and a hoax and he thanked the Clergy for giving press to his wild claims.

Yet, still to this day his fictitious writings are used against Freemasons.. Some of the other theories are that Freemasons are secretly working towards a New World Order where one world Government controlled by a secret elite will govern the entire world.

There have been suggestions that Freemasons were behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Others have claimed that they secretly back a Jewish front for world domination. In fact, because of this theory Adolph Hitler outlawed Freemasonry.

Some believe that Freemasons secretly control the United States and United Kingdom governments.

This may come from the fact that many prominent politicians—Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and thirteen other United States Presidents--in the history of the United States were indeed Freemasons.

Also there is much speculation about ‘hidden symbols and numerology in our National Seals, architecture, dollar bill and even streets in Washington, D.C. Many prominent men throughout history have been Freemasons. This may have led to the mistaken theory that Freemasons ‘control’ governments, etc.

Yet, these famous Masons have come from all walks of life. With so many powerful members how is rank decided upon in a Freemason Lodge?

It matters not what a man’s religion (except no atheists are permitted), wealth, or station in life is behind the Lodge doors. In fact, the only significant rank in a Masonic lodge is Masonic rank, and that is conferred by vote of the members.

A sergeant in the army can be master of and preside over a lodge that includes generals and other high-ranking officers among its membership, which has often happened.

It has been reported that when Theodore Roosevelt became a Mason he discovered his gardener was serving as master of the lodge—the presiding officer. Men of high station outside Masonry evidence no resentment when men of lower outside station occupy positions of greater Masonic authority.

Prominent Freemasons have included the likes of Benedict Arnold, Four of Napoleon Bonaparte’s brothers, though not the great Emperor himself, Sir Winston Churchill, Joseph Smith, fourteen American Presidents, Buffalo Bill, Davey Crocket, Henry Ford, Jack Dempsey, Clark Gable, King George VI, John Hancock, Harry Houdini, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Norman Vincent Peale, Mozart, Albert, Richard Pryor, Paul Revere, Mark Twain, John Wayne and Steve Wozniak to name just a few.


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