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Masonic Apron Royal Arch
Maker not marked
Place made not marked
leather; paint
overall: 13-1/8"h x 14-1/4"w
Museum Purchase

leather apron with no strings and no flap; overlapping gold triangles, red mitre bearing the motto "Holiness to the Lord." Cipher letters on the interlaced triangles likely stand for God.

This Royal Arch apron is thought to have belonged to the former Sovereign Grand Commander of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, Edward Asa Raymond (1792-1864). Descended in the Raymond family, this apron, hand-painted with symbols associated with the Royal Arch degrees, may date from when Raymond joined St. Paul’s Chapter in Boston in 1819. He later went on to serve as High Priest of the chapter and as Grand High Priest of the state.