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Masonic Royal Arch Apron
1800-1820
Maker not marked
USA: Connecticut (possibly)
Ink on silk; linen
ON BOARD: 20-1/2"h x 18"w; apron:19"h x 16-1/2"w
Gift of Fred Pratt
81.6

Masonic Royal Arch apron with square body and rounded flap with printed design on silk; motifs include all-seeing eye on flap, columns with globes, arch, "G" plumb, level, ribbons with square and compasses, keys; patterned silk ribbon border.


In the late 1700s and early 1800s some entrepreneurial printers designed, produced and sold aprons. In printing, rather than hand painting, a design, a printer could make multiple aprons from one engraved plate. This example, the product of an unknown engraver, may have been used in Connecticut. For further information, see Newell, Aimee E., "The Badge of a Freemason," 2015. p.48.



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