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Masonic Royal Arch Apron
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

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. “The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic Aprons from the Collection,” March 2016-March 2017

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