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Masonic Master Mason Apron
Reason Bell Crafft (circa 1809-after 1877)
USA: Kentucky
Oil paint on leather; cotton; silk
overall: 13"h x 13"w
Gift of the Valley of Lowell, Massachusetts, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, USA in honor of Brother Starr H. Fiske, 32°

Masonic Apron with rounded body and rounded flap. Painted design on body shows steps in dark gray, pillars, candles, and symbols in gold with brown shading. At top corners are a sun and moon in gold with faces. The bottom of the apron is painted pale green with leaves and evergreen. An all-seeing eye is painted on the flap. The flap is trimmed with green pleated ribbon. The apron is lined with cotton. An inscription reads: "Painted and Warranted by R.B. Crafft [?] / this Apron should never be folded."

The artist who decorated this apron noted that it was “Painted and Warranted by R. B. Crafft.” A traveling artist, Crafft worked in Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi and Kentucky. He earned his living ornamenting all kinds of items as well as painting portraits. “The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic Aprons from the Collection,” March 2016-March 2017

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