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Masonic Apron
1780-1800
Maker not marked
Ireland or USA: New England
Silk; cotton; ink
overall: 23 1/4 x 20 1/8 x 1/8 in.; 59.055 x 51.1175 x .3175 cm
Special Acquisitions Fund
79.74.10

Masonic Apron; tan silk with brown silk edge; embroidered design in red, blue, and brown cotton thread, chain stitch; central design of arch, "G", pavement, open Bible with square and compasses; winged cherubs above arch; angels with trumpets, cock, lamb, triangle with twelve candles, "F" within five-pointed star; square body with no flap (perhaps a handkerchief?); poems printed along lower edge: "When A Lodge of Freemasons are cloth'd in their aprons / In order to make a new brother / With firm hearts and clean hands they repair to their stands / And justily support one another."