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Masonic Apron
John Meer Sr.
USA: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
silk; cotton
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts

Large square white silk Masonic apron with rectangular flap and blue pleated silk border; painted image showing steps, columns, checkered floor, etc. Three crowns painted on flap; white cotton backing.

John Meer became a Mason in Philadelphia's Montgomery Lodge No. 19 in 1807. An artist in Philadelphia from 1795 to 1830, Meer worked as a japanner, painter on glass, engraver, and early lithographer. The banner at the top is inscribed "HRAC" for "Holy Royal Arch Chapter."