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Masonic Senior Warden
Maker not marked
Daguerreotype in case; glass, metal, cloth, leather
overall (closed): 3-3/4"h x 3-1/4"w x 5/8"d; overall (open): 3-3/4"h x 6-1/2"w x 1/2"d
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Unidentified man wearing Masonic senior warden jewel; hand-tinted daguerreotype with brown leather case; image of man with beard in suit; right hand on collar, wearing Masonic level collar jewel (symbol of the office of Senior Warden).

Along with his street clothes, the subject of this portrait wears a Senior Warden's jewel in the shape of a level suspended from his neck. In a Masonic lodge, the Senior Warden is the second-highest ranking officer after the lodge Master. His badge of office, the level, symbolizes equality among lodge brethren.

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