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Masonic Master Mason's Chart or Tracing Board
late 1800s
Maker not marked
ink on paper on linen, wood, metal
46-1/2"h x 38"w x 1-1/4"d
Museum Purchase and through the Generosity of the Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

Masonic Master Mason's chart attached to black wooden rollers at top and bottom. Chart has an off-white ground and is separated into two sections (which appear to have been joined together prior to being mounted on the rollers). Each section has a blue leafy border with flowers and grapes. Each section shows a number of Masonic symbols, most in color, but a few in black and white. At top center is black lettering, "First Section." Symbols in this section include: rope, musical notes, compasses, lettering "Friendship / Morality / Brotherly Love," Masonic apron, trowel, five-point star, Time and the Virgin with broken column. Below these symbols at center in black is "Second Section." Symbols in this section include: two candlestands; altar with Bible and square and compasses; several men on shore with ship in background; man looking over a bluff at a large building (temple?); floor plan marked with Masonic tools and east, west and south. At center below this is "Third Section." Symbols in this section include: Solomon's Temple; three columns; three altars. The bottom half of the chart has "Third Section" in black at top center. The symbols on this half include: three men (one has a white beard); beehive; urn; sword with book of Constitutions; ark and rainbow; all-seeing eye with glory rays, stars, sun and moon; sword and heart; hourglass with wings; scythe, shovel and mallet; anchor; Euclid's 47th Problem (black and white check); coffin. Printed in black at bottom center is "Master Mason's Chart." The chart is bound with blue fabric along the sides.

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