Front: Thistle with two leaves flanked by initials “R S”. Above a Masonic compass & dividers flanked by two pointing hands. Below a heart flanked by two 5 pointed stars. All in relief on a rough chipped ground. Uncarved border on all 4 sides.
Back: “H.M.S [no period]/J. WATSON/FROM/R. S [no period]/1894”
Spine: blank
Foredge: Smooth coved.

Masonic marked books rare.   H.M.S  initials likely mean an English book.   Does the thistle refer to Scotland or to Scottish Rite?    English or not, a terrific book.

  • Date1894
  • MediumMarble, white
  • Dimensions (inches)6 3/8 x 5 x 1 1/4