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Master Mason Apron
Maker not marked
England or Scotland
ink and paint on leather; cotton
overall: 17-1/2"h x 16"w
Museum Purchase

Masonic Master Mason apron with square body with rounded corners and rounded flap; lambskin with cotton fringe; black ink and hand-colored design; allegorical figures of "Charity" on top of flap, "Faith" on lower right, and "Hope" on lower left; Bible in center with compassess below covering square above, all-seeing eye, moon, sun, stars, ladder, three candlestands; ink stamped several times under flap "W. GLASS."

Scottish Freemason William Glass (1787-1853) originally owned this apron. Once stationed as a soldier on Tristan de Cunha, a remote island in the South Atlantic, Glass later lived there with his family. His widow, Maria Leenders Glass (1801-1858), brought this well-traveled apron to Connecticut, when she moved there to be near her children. Several of her sons were seamen in New London.

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