Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Does anyone know what this is?

Sorting through various things I came across this. It is a small block of what feels like soapstone. Mum didn’t know what it was or even where it came from – except that it was among odds and ends inherited from members of the family over the years. For a couple of years I was so fascinated by it I wore it around my neck and asked anyone who I thought might have a clue but to no avail.

If anyone out there has an idea what the symbols represent I’d be fascinated to know.



  1. Wow, how wonderful, it's a Freemason keystone. I wonder who it belonged to.

  2. If you google shtwsstk you get a lot of hits that indicate it has to do with the Freemasons.

  3. It looks like something used for direction finding.
    Keep us posted if you find out.
    Love Granny

  4. Are there two or are you showing front and back of the same one?

    Absolutely no idea what the symbols are, but will endeavour to find out. An Edwards likes a challenge!

  5. How unusual - I don't know what is though!

  6. I think it's a masonic inscription of some kind - I remember seeing something like it before. I bet you could google the letters - or try something including King Solomon, because I think that's what the K S stand for.

    As far as the symbols on the other side - I have no idea.

  7. I tried to post a comment earlier but work overtook me... I think it may be Hebrew and I thought of Psalm 119, you know, the one that is an acrostic. Most of the letters are recognizable as Hebrew letters - however the other side mystifies me - all the letters have Hebrew equivalents on the other side, but are not matching in quantity or position. May be there is a Hebrew scholar out there?

  8. Sorry I can't help but I have found that the gentleman with a moustache at Baines jewellers in Heswall is very helpful.

  9. Is it some sort of alphabetical time clock?? :-) And then, it favors the look of a mahjong tile...

    Best to you & your family.


  10. As you will all have gathered from the fact that Ian seems to have had the answer straight off, I didn't get around to seeing my comments until well after everyone had posted. I'm really glad about that because the guesses are fascinating - and the information about the man in Baines very useful.
    Once I find out what exactly a Freemason keystone is I'll post about it.


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