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Benjamin Hurd (1739-1781)
USA: Massachusetts, Boston
Engraving on parchment attached to paperstock
overall: 12"h x 14"w
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts
Though the original engraving was made in the 1780s, this particular certificate was not sigined by the Masonic member until 1796, after Benjamin Hurd's death; the images include two large columns on either side and two cherubim with Masonic aprons at the bottom of the certificate, also include a coffin and many Masonic tools.
For further information, see Newell, Aimee E., "The Badge of a Freemason," 2015, p. 46; and Newell, Aimee, et.al., "Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection", 2013, p. 38-41.