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Masonic Treasurer, Andrew P. Gilkey
1860-1870
Maker not marked
USA: Maine (probably)
Photograph on paper mounted on board
Gift in Memory of Jacques Noel Jacobsen
2008.038.16

Sepia-toned, hand-tinted Masonic carte-de-visite photograph. Full-length portrait of man standing. Man is wearing black coat, pants, and shoes; white shirt and apron; light blue sash, and treasurer's jewel. Man is holding onto a chair with his right hand, and standing on a dark, patterned rug. Photograph is bordered by thin double lines around the edge. Handwritten on back in pencil is "Andrew P. / Gilkey / Treasurer / Royal Arch Masons."


The subject of this portrait is likely Andrew P. Gilkey (1809-1890) of Islesborough, Maine. A member of Island Lodge No. 89, where he was initiated in 1857, Gilkey served as Treasurer of the lodge from 1860 through 1870. In this portrait, Gilkey wears a jewel in the shape of crossed keys, the symbol of a lodge Treasurer. Records at the Grand Lodge of Maine show that Gilkey demitted from Island Lodge in 1879. For more information, see blog post, August 24, 2021, https://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2021/08/sometimes-even-a-small-clue-can-lead-to-information-about-an-object-or-image-in-the-collection-of-the-scottish-rite-masonic-m.html



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