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Masonic Royal Arch Apron
Maker not marked
Paint on leather, bullion, cotton
overall: 15-3/4"h x 18"w
Museum Purchase

Shield-shaped Masonic Royal Arch apron with shield-shaped flap. Brown leather with red and gold painted stripes along edge of body and flap. Painted at center of flap is an all-seeing eye. Flap and body have gold bullion fringe. Painted on body is a central image of an archway with a keystone and a red curtain. Four steps to archway. Under the archway is a gold G with glory rays and a gold altar with a square and compasses emblem at front. At left, a man stands in front of a gold ark of the covenant. A shovel and pickaxe are on the ground in front of the ark. The man wears a black coat with a white shirt and a Masonic apron and red collar with a jewel. In one hand he holds a green leafy sprig (acacia?). At right, a woman in a flowing white dress stands next to a large tablet. She holds the scales of justice in one hand. An anchor lies at her feet. Knife-edge binding on sides and bottom. Bound with red silk ribbon along the top edge. Backed with brown cotton.