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While neither the snake nor serpent appears in masonic symbolism or ritual, many regalia-makers have used it to fashion the belt hook on masonic aprons. Intended as a symbol of wisdom, the eternal, the universe, the world or regeneration and rebirth, this usage has been singled out by some anti-masons as "proof" that the "Brotherhood of the Snake" worships Satan. All they have proved is their ignorance of its historical usage. Regalia makers simply adopted a common belt-clasp used by manufacturers of clothing for British schoolboys, Metropolitan London police until the early 1960s, and many military uniforms worn in England and the Commonwealth.
The snake buckle first appeared in portraits c 1575 as part of a sword belt fitting and fell from fashion by the seventeenth century. At the end of the eighteenth century there was a revival in its use in the military.
These examples are taken from the archives of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon.
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Apron hooks
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Scottish Rite apron,
no date (mid 20th c.)
Dominion Regalia Co. Limited
(round ink stamp)
1910
London : Toye & Co. Ltd.
Liverpool Manchester
Dominion Regalia Co. Ltd.,
Toronto, Ont. 1936.



Dominion Regalia Limited
Toronto
c. 1920.
Muir Cap & Regalia Limited Manufacturers
51 Simcoe St., Toronto 2, Canada
c.1900.
Toye, Kenning & Spencer Ltd.
London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Johannesburg
Established 1801
c. 1950
Cravat and Regalia Co.
PER-FIT Trademark,
Vancouver
c.1910.
Dominion Regalia Limited
Toronto, Canada

Crescent Regalia Limited
Montreal, Que.



Scotland


Vancouver Regalia Co., Vancouver, BC,
Fez Specialists



Dominion Regalia
Toronto, Canada
1990
Provincial Grand Master apron
Birmingham
Early 20th century



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