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by J. Paul Gomez January 17, 2020
Royal Arch Masonry (also known as "Capitular Masonry") is the first part of the York Rite system of the Masonic degrees. Royal Arch Masons are easy to spot because of their penchant for the colour red.
According to "Significance of Masonic Colors", an article by Bro. Harold A. Kingsbury from Massachusetts, "Red is the color of fire, and fire was to the Egyptians the symbol of the regeneration and the purification of souls. Hence, in the Masonic system, red is the symbol of regeneration. Thus red is the color assigned to the Royal Arch Degree since that degree teaches the regeneration of life."
The very first necktie in our Royal Arch Masonry series is red to compliment the Royal Arch Mason. The Jacquard-woven silk fabric is made of a repeating pattern of Triple Tau symbols and the 3 trowels pointing to the center.
Due to the popularity of our Triple Tau design, several "Masonic" regalia companies based in Canada, USA, England, and Pakistan found an opportunity to make money by plagiarizing it. If you own a similar-looking necktie and you're not sure if it's original, simply look at the back- if it doesn't say "FraternalTies" then we can say with absolute certainty that you have been duped and we strongly suggest that you get in touch with the seller and ask for a refund.
These are some of the "Masonic" regalia companies that have repeatedly copied many of our original necktie creations.
Another way to tell if it's an authentic FraternalTies is by looking at the "tipping". The tipping is the backside of the wide tip of the tie. A genuine FraternalTies is "self-tipped"- meaning the necktie is finished on the backside with the same fabric as the self of the tie. It cost a little bit more to make but it's worth it.
The Royal Arch Masons Triple Tau Tie is also available in midnight blue.
W. Bro. John Paul Gomez (aka Paul, JP, JPG) is an artist by trade and a full-time father-of-4. He currently serves as the W.M. for Doric Lodge No. 316 AF&AM in Ontario, Canada. He is a Senior DeMolay and an honorary member of Harmonie Lodge No. 699 F&AM in Buffalo, New York. He enjoys cooking, gardening, boxing and skateboarding.
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by J. Paul Gomez December 30, 2021
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