I just purchased this pin on http://www.onlineauction.com/
I am curious to the meaning of the bee. Note to self here is the link to an awesome blog I found!!
“The Bee and more prominently Beehive, has long been a symbol used in Masonic imagery. In fact, the Beehive as a signifier dates back to Roman times and has continued to symbolize Industry and Diligence. The idea that Bees working together and create something beautiful/valuable (honey) is appealing. (Also, did you know honey is the only edible substance that doesn’t go off? It may crystallize, but is still perfectly edible no matter how old it is). Napoleon believed the Bee was an appropriate symbol for the Empire because while the Bee could sting, it produced something sweet…I guess, just like the French? Ummm…might be pushing the metaphor a bit far there ol’ Nap.” Kate Obrien Creative