Ancient Landmarks

The Seven Wardens have adopted the following Ancient Landmarks to be used within the ritual as fulfilling the intent described by Rudyard Kipling (the following adheres to Kipling’s language):

Hammer:  A machinist’s hammer having been used and abused in work;

Anvil:  A small blacksmith’s anvil of standard pattern with an honourable working record;

Chain: A chain of honourable tradition tried and tested in service, endless, and of length sufficient for the hands of all candidates;

Rings:  Suitable for the little finger of the working hand and obtained from one certified source to ensure uniformity and security;

Concerning the ring, Kipling wrote:

 “The Ring of Obligation shall be of wrought iron, unpolished, in the shape and thickness of a wedding ring, but no great width. It shall carry no mark. It shall be worn on the little finger of the right hand except where the Candidate is left- handed, for the Ring shall always be upon the working hand. It is not to be worn upon the watch chain (i.e.: as a piece of jewellery). It is a ring, not a charm.”

 “It (the Ring) is rough, as the mind of the young person. It is not smoothed off at the edges, any more than the character of the young. It is hand-hammered all around – and the young have all their hammering coming to them. It has neither beginning nor end, any more than the work of an engineer or, as we know, space itself. It will cut into a gold ring if worn next to it, thus showing that one had better keep one’s work and one’s money-getting quite separate.”

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