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Masonic York Rite Royal Arch Apron
USA: New York: Herkimer County
Watercolor; silk
FRAME: 23"h x 19-1/2"w x 1-1/2"d; overall: 18-3/8"h x 15"w
Gift of J. Earl Edick

Masonic York Rite Royal Arch apron; handpainted; inscribed "Conrad Edick" on flap; two angels holding banners inscribed "Sanctum" and "Sanctorum", central design of Royal Arch, King and wardens; scene of harvesters on right surrounded by "HTWSSTKS."

Conrad Edick (1763–1845) of German Flats, New York, and a member of Charity Lodge No. 170, owned this apron. Exuberantly decorated, this apron features Masonic symbols, charming figures and fanciful depictions of lodge furnishings. On the right-hand side there is an image of agricultural workers enclosed by the letters “HTWSSTKS.” This image likely represents a symbol that Edick chose for himself as part of the Mark Master degree. Along with other business pursuits, Edick pursued farming. “The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic Aprons from the Collection,” March 2016-March 2017

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