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Maker not marked
USA: Massachusetts, Boston (probably)
Silk, paint on silk
overall: 15-7/8"h x 15-1/2"w
Gift of Anonymous Donor
Masonic York Rite Royal Arch apron; shield-shaped body with double scallop flap; white silk with pleated red silk edging; at center of apron are Hebrew characters within triangle surrounded by three cherubim heads at each baseline; underneath the appliqued device a triangular arrangement of pin-holes indicating a previous Delta design.
This bold apron with an attention-getting red border and brightly ornamented center is similar to others most likely made in Massachusetts in the early 1800s for use in Royal Arch chapters. The painting of the interlocking stars and the cherub heads at the center is expertly done and was probably the work of a professional ornamental painter. For further information, see Newell, Aimee E., "The Badge of a Freemason," 2015, p. 86-89.