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Masonic cyphers
"...it had been promulgated a hundred years earlier [then Dermott’s Ahiman Rezon] by the Marquis of Worcester in the following words: 'A method by which, at a window, as far as the eye can discover black from white, a man may hold discourse with his correspondent, without noise made or notice taken; being according to occasion given, or means afforded ex re nata, and no need of provision beforehand....'" In effect, a simple form of semaphore utilizing two set squares for the right angle lines and a maul or whatever object comes to hand to act as a centre point as required.
Also see W. Finch’s Masonic treatise...; George Oliver’s Discrepancies of Freemasonry...; a purported Knights Templar cipher; another purported Knights Templar cipher; and a 1908 English gravestone.

Edward Somerset, second marquis of Worcester, 1601-1667, Century of Inventions, found in George Oliver, Discrepancies of Freemasonry examined during a week’s gossip with the late celebrated brother Gilkes and other eminent masons, on sundry and obscure and difficult passages in the ordinary lodge lectures, which, although open questions in grand lodge, Constitute a Source of Doubt and Perplexity to the Craft, London : John Hogg & Co,, 1875. p. 120. illustration on page 121
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