The Caduceus was given to J. Ross on 12/23/1982 by Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale in Adyar Madras, India. The scrabs came from Egypt in the time of Ramses I, given to Colonel Olcott who passed them on to his assistant Marie Russak.
They were inbeded in a breast piece as 8th and 9th ray stones for healing forces. Marie wore this artifact during the ritual of the Rose and Cross that she wrote, and also during the ritual of the Egyptian Rite. C.W.Leadbeater had the Chalice made for Byron Casselberry when he was ordained to priesthood in 1926.The grand ornate showpiece of the 32nd Degree Knights of Templar Masonic Sword was made in Germany.
Marie Russak had this 18kt gold pendant made for her ritual Temple of the Rosy Cross during the 1920's: the 18th Degree Co-Masonic order and the Egyptian Rite. There is an original early 20th Century picture showing Marie wearing the pendant.
Showing back view measuring 4 1/8 x 2 1/2, the scarabs are Egyptian dating from Ramses 1st, embedded in Ramsey's breast plate as the 8th and 9th ray stones for healing forces.
The chain is 14kt yellow gold open link rope chain together with double barrel shaped supports measuring 29" long. Weight: 70.8 grams. The clasp is 18kt gold.
Each serpent head holds a pair of round old mine cut diamonds total weight of .10ct with color H-I, clarity VS2-SI1, proportion is fair; open culet, off round shape.
Paten is gold and gilded silver with a hand chased five sided star with a halo radiating encircling the star measuring 7" in diameter. This was to represent the Order of the Star. Weight 6 troy oz. inscribed for the Church of St. Albans, ordered by Vice Royal Jewellers, Fairfax and Roberts, Hunter Street, Sydney.
The set was ordered by Vice Royal Jewelers, Fair Fax and Roberts, Hunter Street, Sydney, Australia. They are incased in a blue leather period box with white silk.
Chalice is early 20th Century. Made in Australia by B. & W. Ltd. Number 3873. Measures 8 x 4 1/4" diameter at the top
Hand inscribed on one side of the base "Church of St. Albans - Sydney, September 11, 1926." There is a single chased cross on the other side of the base. Weight: 16 troy oz.
Chalice veil which covers the chalice underneath is woven silk purple in gold thread and reverse with gold woven silk brocade and a single hand embroidered three dimensional gold cross. There is a four sided scalloped edge with a gold ribbon trim and a single gold tassel accent at the four corners.
Hand inscribed on front base Church of St. Albans, Sydney, September 11, 1926
Hand inscribed on back base B. & W. Ltd. with three additional hallmarks.
Belonged to Arthur Von Dolcke of Detroit Mich made in Germany
Degree of the Consistory of the Prince of the Royal Secret Knights of Templar
Black leather box lined with purple satin cloth.
Silver paten showing Hallmarks