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Masonic Master Mason Apron
ca. 1817
USA: Pennsylvania (probably)
Silk on silk; bullion
overall: 16-1/2"h x 16-1/4"w
Gift of the The Keating Family of Maryland's Eastern Shore

Masonic Master Mason apron with rounded body and shield-shaped flap; white silk embroidered with black and light blue sawtooth border; flap is embroidered with a radiant all-seeing eye, adorned with gold bullion and white paste stones; central embroidered design consists of an architectural monument surrounded by green grass and acacia plants; at the base of the monument is a triangular level, gavel, compasses, skull, plumb, square, and book whose cover is decorated with Solomon's seal; center is enclosed within a fine needlework border of a ribbon entwined with a meandering floral vine. Flap is lined with blue silk; body shows remnants of blue silk lining.

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