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Master Mason certificate issued to William Hyler
Freemasons. Mariner Lodge, No. 385 (New York, N.Y.)
USA: New York, New York
Engraving on parchment
13 1/4" x 18 1/2"; 34 x 47 cm.; 1 item (1 page)
Museum Purchase

Master Mason certificate issued by Mariner Lodge, No. 385, (New York, N.Y.) to William Hyler and dated November 11, 1825. Imprint at bottom of certificate provides the names of the artist (John Reubens Smith), the engraver (Peter Maverick), and the publisher (John Reubens Smith).

Signed and Sealed: Masonic Certificates, corridor, part one, 2017 Masonic Certificate, 1828 Issued to William Hyler, Mariner Lodge No. 385, New York, New York Designed by John Reubens Smith (1775-1849), New York, New York Engraved by Peter Maverick (1780-1831), New York, New York Published by Samuel Maverick (1789-1845), New York, New York Museum Purchase, A85/025/001 This certificate, addressed to “…all Men Enlightened on the surface of the Earth,” was filled in for William Hyler, a member of Mariner Lodge No. 385in New York City. Seafaring men established this lodge in 1825. The lodge used a certificate printed in Spanish, English and French so that its brethren would be able to help prove their Masonic affiliation in different parts of the world.