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Masonic Master Mason Apron
William Laughton
USA: Connecticut, Hartford
paint on leather, silk
overall: 12"h x 12-7/8"w x 1/8"d
Museum Purchase

Masonic Master Mason apron with shield-shaped body and rounded flap. White leather with faded peach pleated trim. Ribbon trim along the top edge extends into ties. Painted on the flap is an all-seeing eye with stylized clouds. Painted on the body is an arrangement of Masonic symbols. Celestial and terrestrial columns at the top of three stairs flank a mosaic pavement. Between the columns are a sun, moon, shooting star, seven stars, clasped hands, three candlestands, altar with open Bible. To the left is a rough ashlar and to the right is a smooth ashlar. At bottom center is a coffin. Handwritten in ink under the flap is "W. Laughton Painter." Applied at top back center is a printed label reading "Hartford / W. Laughton / Painter."