Description: Rare sterling silver trowel commemorating the laying of the foundation stone in 1907 of the Northern Star of China Lodge #2673 bearing the touch mark LW (probably Luen Wo of Shanghai).
Location of Origin: Asia
Medium/Materials: Sterling Silver
Dimensions: Height: 2'', Width: 10.75", Depth: 2.5''
Primary Classification: Decorative Arts and Furniture : Silver and Metalwork : Sterling
Secondary Classification: Collectibles : Memorabilia
Expertise: The Lodge was granted the right to hold meetings in 1897. By 1899 meetings were held at the Manchuria Hotel. One year later the city of Newchwang (now called Yingkou) came under bombardment by Russian gunboats. The Lodge built its own building beginning in 1907 and completed it in 1908. The Lodge held its last meeting in 1930 before moving to Shanghai. The Lodge building this trowel commemorates remains standing. In 1953 the Lodge closed. It was part of the District Grand Lodge of Northern China founded in 1877 and closed in 1955.