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Masonic Royal Arch Apron
A.L. Shaw
USA: New York, Buffalo
paint on silk
ON BOARD: 18"H X 19"W; overall: 16-3/4"h x 18"w
Gift of Jackson Masonic Temple Association

Masonic Royal Arch apron; white silk with faded red ruffled edging; hand painted all-seeing eye on flap; on apron under flap "A. L. Shaw Pinxit. Buffalo."; on body is Noah's ark and dove in center surrounded by five pointed stars and Masonic symbols, square and compasses at top, casket with acacia at bottom, top left is beehive, top right is pot of incense, rose and green leaf decorative border around symbols.

In first decades of the 1800s, many professional painters turned their skills to producing aprons, tracing boards and other objects for clients who were Masons. A. L. Shaw, who decorated this apron, advertised his or her abilities and experience noting that he or she had opened “a new painting establishment,” and undertook “all kinds of Sign and Ornamental Painting and Gilding…with neatness and dispatch. Also, Military Standards, Masonic Carpets and Aprons.” “The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic Aprons from the Collection,” March 2016-March 2017

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