Believed York Rite
This sword is a late 19th century, early 20th century Masonic
sword, believed to be York Rite. Blade markings indicate Scottish origin (or at least ancestry) as
it is McDonald.
The most distinctive feature on this sword is the "cross-guard"
as it appears to be like fish "fins." The same pattern appears
on the scabbard drag.
It also has a "knight's-head" pommel; solid wire wrap fish-skin
grips; three-point "fish-fin" cross-guard; the letters StB
encircled by a C are displayed in the
center of the cross-guard. Metal nickel-plated furniture
of cast materials.
The Latin words, "PRO DEO ET JURE" will be on the blade or
scabbard, usually below a badge or crest, containing a red
These swords are very ornate in appearance and - although this
example has a very stout well made blade - were not intended
Fraternal, Lodge, or Society swords are relatively inexpensive to own and are fun to collect.
There are seemingly infinite variations and I have owned many.