Is this 17g gold ring Freemasons or something else?

TheLittleMan

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So I haven't posted in a while, but this one rang up on my Equinox 600, and I was pretty stoked. 18k gold ring, 17g.

I need some info on this, because I'm getting mixed reviews. Some say the motto "In Hoc Signo Vinces" makes it definitely Templar Masons, others say the scimitar makes it Shriners, still others look at the Maltese cross and say fireman! I'm sticking with Masons till I hear otherwise (there's a carving of a trowel on one side), but I need the thoughts of experts. If you need more pics, I'm sure I can do that.

I was hesitant to post this, because there is a name and location carved inside, and I'd like to help the homeowner get it back to its rightful place. This location in Minnesota goes back to the late 1800s.
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Update:
1) Got another piece of Masonic history on the fella who owned this ring in the 1880s. He was a member of the Cyrene Commandry No. 2. Still don't have a timeline for when he joined but know that he remitted his membership in 1891.
2) I'm also about 90% sure that his daughters had no children that survived infancy, meaning no direct descendants. His presence on genealogy lists is only as a sibling/uncle in family trees. I could be totally wrong, however. Still looking.
 
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UPDATE: Well I've officially handed off the ring to the home-owner. Unsure what he'll be doing with it, but at least I got a promise that he definitely will NOT be melting it. It may sit on his own mantel, or the connection with the Lodge might be a route he takes, giving it to them on loan for display or something. I just hope it doesn't sit in a dark corner collecting dust, cuz that's not much better than sitting in a hole in the ground!

Incidentally, this ring sparked a surge for me. I found 5 rings within 8 days of unearthing this gold piece (including Tungsten and silver), not to mention some silver coins and a couple Indian Heads today. The gold fever hasn't left me!
 

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TheLittleMan I am sure proud of you for givin g that ring back.When i give one back it gives me a GT+REAT FEELING that i have done the right thing. How did you feel when giving it back ? Did you have someone take pictures of the owner when you gave it back ?
 
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TheLittleMan I am sure proud of you for givin g that ring back.When i give one back it gives me a GT+REAT FEELING that i have done the right thing. How did you feel when giving it back ? Did you have someone take pictures of the owner when you gave it back ?
I didn't get any pictures of the hand-off, but man, I sort of feel like a weight's been lifted off my shoulders! Granted, I'd love to have loaned it to the lodge myself, but it ain't mine. I can totally empathize with the home-owner's desire to keep it, so it's a "do unto others as you'd have 'em do unto you" sort of thing....like everything else in life :-) Gives new meaning to "the Golden rule" I guess!
 

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LittleMan you did good proud of you./ Next one take pictures of the owners getting them back you will love them
 

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UPDATE: Well I've officially handed off the ring to the home-owner. Unsure what he'll be doing with it, but at least I got a promise that he definitely will NOT be melting it. It may sit on his own mantel, or the connection with the Lodge might be a route he takes, giving it to them on loan for display or something. I just hope it doesn't sit in a dark corner collecting dust, cuz that's not much better than sitting in a hole in the ground!

Incidentally, this ring sparked a surge for me. I found 5 rings within 8 days of unearthing this gold piece (including Tungsten and silver), not to mention some silver coins and a couple Indian Heads today. The gold fever hasn't left me!
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Permission spots are cool, but sharing a find or giving it away....is gut wrenching....unless they were helping you dig, and as sweat invested as much as you were.
It's kind of the nature of that type of hunt, good job on finding a great old gold... ;)
 

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Way to go Little man! I'm glad the good karma is shining on you!
 

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