Object Record

Object Name Medal
Catalog Number 2012.013.005
Description Knight of Malta Masonic Cross Jewel is a membership medal. This medal consists of a metal pin that has a small plaque that reads, "Tennessee." Another small plaque hangs from this one by two small loops. The second plaque reads, "Chattanooga No. 32" Attached to this pin is a white masonic cross hanging from a black ribbon. The cross is outlined in brass and an American seal is in the center. Before 1954, the de facto motto for the U.S. was "E Pluribus Unum" is atop an eagle with a shield in front of it. The shield has the stars of the U.S. flag on top and the stripes at the bottom. The eagle is holding an olive branch in one claw and arrows in the other. According to some reading, "Chattanooga No. 32" most likely refers to the Chattanooga chapter number. Also, the seal in the center of the cross represents the country the person who was inducted resides. The specific design of the medal varies between chapters known as "commanderies." As long as it looks similar to the originals, commandery leaders are free to make variations.
It is believed this medal was owned by Samuel Otis Kinsey. He could have received it as early as 1929, when the No. 32 Masonic chapter was established in Chattanooga, TN, until his death in 1972.
Date 1929-1972
Dimensions W-2 L-3.13 inches
Accession number 2012.013