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Masonic Knights Templar Apron
1825-1850
Richard Fowler, painter
USA: New Hampshire, Dover
paint on silk, bullion, cotton
body: 17-3/4"h x 17-1/4"w
Museum Purchase
2015.078.2a

Masonic Knights Templar apron. Black silk with triangular body and flap. Trimmed with a black ruffle and flat silver tape along the edges. Black twill tape ties are stitched at the upper corners. Painted on the flap in gold and silver is a pair of crossed swords. Painted on the body in gray, black and red is a skull and crossbones with three seven-point stars. Each star has a red Christian cross in the center. Painted in red under the flap is "Painted by / Richd. Fowler, Dover, N.H." Lined with dark brown glazed cotton.


This distinctive black apron shows painted symbols associated with the Knights Templar degree. It was signed by the artist under the flap, “Painted by Richd. Fowler, Dover, N.H.” Fowler was a Freemason; he joined Strafford Lodge No. 29 in 1825. "Recent Acquisitions," June 2016 - July 2017



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