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USA: New York (Probably)
silk, satin, chenille on silk
ON BOARD: 20-1/4"h x 21-1/2"w x 1/4"d; overall apron: 16-1/8"h x 16-3/4"w
Embroidered Masonic Master Mason apron with shield-shaped body and rounded flap; shows design of printed apron by Valdenuit; on flap: square and compasses in Fellow Craft position with ribbon reading "Amor Virtus Charitas"; on body are steps with checkered pavement, columns, altar with canopy and background, working tools in front of steps, pink embroidered cable tows on left and right; satin stitch and silk and chenille threads; border of floral vine. White with colored embroidery.
Female relatives of Masons are thought to have decorated many embroidered aprons from the early 1800s. Embroidered on silk with silk and chenille thread, this apron shows the kind of refined sewing skills taught to young women and girls at female academies. The woman who embroidered this apron seems to have used an engraved apron, displayed nearby, as the model for her design. “The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic Aprons from the Collection,” March 2016-March 2017