George Washington was among many founding fathers who were Masons, including Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton. The Marquis de Lafayette was also a Mason. These men exemplified freemasonry's major values: the belief in a God or higher being, brotherhood, loyalty, charity, education, and justice. Washington took his presidential oath of office on a Bible from St. John's Masonic Lodge in New York and he presided over the laying of the cornerstone of the US Capitol in a Masonic ceremony. The Centennial Cufflinks are based on the 1887 Centennial Medals made as commemoratives to mark the centennial of the founding of the Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Maryland (1787-1887). The original medals, which were distributed to members and guests during the celebration, were designed by Grand Lodge of Maryland historian Bro. E.T. Schultz, under Grand Master Thomas J. Shryock and executed by the founder of Fetting & Co., Bro. Anton H Fetting. While visiting England during Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, Grand Master Shryock presented a medal to the Queen's son, the future King Edward VII.
The Masonic bullet back cufflinks are approximately ¾" in diameter. The cufflinks are solid brass layered in 14K gold. Crafted in Maryland by Hahn & Co.