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Edgar M. Platt (circa 1833-1895)
USA: Massachusetts, Boston
Paint on silk, bullion
overall: 15"h x 17-3/4"w
Gift of Harold F. Lindergreen
Masonic Treasurer apron. Square body with triangular flap; white satin apron with blue silk ribbon and silver tape trim; painted design of crossed keys tied with blue bow; lined with white satin; printed label on back reads "Platt / 27 and 29 School St., Boston." Blue silk ribbon ties.
By the end of the 1800s, Masonic aprons made in different parts of the country by a variety of makers often shared characteristics. This apron, manufactured in Boston, features the pointed flap and square body shape popular at the time. It appears to have been one of a set of officers’ aprons made for Baalbec Lodge. Though officers’ aprons typically belonged to the lodge, this apron was owned by a member, Charles E. Lindergreen (1860-1936). He may have acquired it after the lodge purchased a new set. For further information, see Newell, Aimee E., "The Badge of a Freemason," 2015, p. 204-207.