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Masonic Lodge Master with Maul
Maker not marked
Tintype, gutta-percha, velvet, metal, glass
open: 6-1/4"h x 10-1/2"w x 1/2"d; closed: 6-1/4"hx 5-1/4"w x 7/8"d
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Black and white tintype photograph of three-quarter portrait of unidentified man. Subject has a beard. He wears a dark coat and vest with white shirt and dark bowtie. On his head is a black top hat and he wears a light-colored collar with a Masonic jewel of a square (signifying his status as lodge Master). Around his waist is a light-colored apron with square and compasses. He stands next to a table and holds a maul that rests on the table. Dark brown gutta-percha case has purple velvet lining in its inside front. Gold-tone frame around the image. Dark horizontal line across top of image through hat (line is in the photo itself).

This man wears a metal square—a lodge Master’s badge of office—suspended from a decorated collar. His tall hat and the maul—a kind of gavel—which he holds in his right hand, also signify he was the Master of his lodge.

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