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USA: probably Massachusetts
silk; watercolor on leather
Overall: 11-1/2"h x 14"w x 1/8"d
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts
White leather Masonic apron with brown printed silk border and ties; painted on leather in watercolor are typical Masonic symbols including All-Seeing Eye, Jachin and Boaz columns, checkered floor, candlestands, and others.
In 1788, Moses Michael Hays (1739-1805) became Grand Master of the “Ancient” Grand Lodge in Massachusetts. Hays served in this position until the Boston Grand Lodges united in 1792. The apron shows a design and style that date it to the late 1700s. It combines symbols associated with the first three degrees, as well as the Royal Arch. Hays’s great-great-granddaughters presented the apron and the jewel (GL2004.4696) to the Grand Lodge in 1937, along with other material associated with their ancestor.