Further reading

When you found the symbol that you were looking for, you may still not know much more than that it is a “York Rite” tool for example. You may want to continue from there. In that sense this website will perhaps be most useful for Freemasons who have acces to further literature, such as ritual texts.

Should you want to continue with other sources of Masonic symbols (first) I recommend:

  • Freemasons: 555 Illustrations Klaus Dąbrowski (2022). A massive 670 page book not with symbols, but with illustrations and no explanations;
  • Die Arbeidstafel in der Freimaurerei Klaus Feddersen (1982 + 1986). Two volumes, 1500 pages. In the German language. Part 1 contains about 400 tracing boards, part 2 (twice the size of part one) investigates the symbolism;
  • Tracing Boards of the Three Degrees in Craft Freemasonry Explained Julian Rees (2015 revised and enlarged in 2019). By far not as large as the previous two titles, but with many beautiful colour plates and explanation;
  • Ornaments, Furniture and Jewels Julian Rees (2013). Similar to the previous title, but -obviously- not with tracing boards;
  • The Templar’s chart or, Hieroglyphic monitor Jeremy Cross (1821) (available on Archive.org);
  • The True Masonic Chart, or Hieroglyphic Monitor Jeremy Cross (1826) (available on Archive.org);
  • Masonic galleries on the website of Universal Freemasonry;
  • The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon have a symbol database.

I also refer to the following works:

  • Geschichte der freimaurerischen Systeme in England, Frankreich und Deutschland – Georg Nettelbladt (1879);
  • Freemasonry – A History Angel Millar (2005);
  • The ‘Universal Language’ of Freemasonry – Christina Linda Voss (2003)
  • The collection of Johann Georg Burckhard Franz Kloß (also: Kloss), (1787-1854) can be found on the website of the Grand Orient of the Netherlands.

To continue your searches after here, I recommend the websites: