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Masonic Apron
1815-25
Maker not marked
USA: Massachusetts, Boston (probably)
Leather, silk, cotton
overall: 15-1/2"h x 15-1/4"w
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts
GL2004.1802

Shield-shaped white leather Masonic apron with swag-shaped flap. The edges of the body and flap are trimmed with yellow silk ribbon that has several rows of silver thread running through. On top of the yellow trim is pleated pink silk. Silver and white twisted cording is applied on top of the pink silk ribbon. Pink silk ribbon ties are attached at the upper corners; these are replacements, remnants of the original pink silk ribbon ties are visible. The body has a painted design in red, brown and gold. In the center is a triangle or delta pointing down. The triangle is gold with an inner border of red triangles. In the center is a brown circle with glory rays around a brown triangle. There are Hebrew characters inside the triangle. Below the larger triangle is a pair of crossed leafy sprigs (possibly laurel). Along the sides and top of the large central triangle is a floral swag in gold and brown. Backed with an off-white cotton or linen. Handwriiten on reverse in brown ink, "Joseph Warren / 1774 177[illeg.] / Benjamin Russell / [illeg.] [M?] Lodge / Boston / 1780 / Presented by the Heirs / of the Hon Benjamin Russell / to Capt. Josiah Sturgis / U. S. Revenue Service / 1847."


For further information, see Newell, Aimee, et.al., "Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection", 2013, p. 250-251.