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Green Dragon Tavern Sign with Bracket
1875-1940
Maker not marked
USA
Bronze
overall a: 25"h x 21"w x 41"d; overall b: 36"h x 3"w x 56"d
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts
GL2004.7293a-b

a: Tavern sign in the shape of a dragon. Dark-colored with mouth open and claws out. Wings on the back and tail with pointed tip. Body is covered with scales. A chain is attached to the back. b: Bracket for the dragon sign. Black triangle shape with circles in the center.


Modeled on a London tavern, the Green Dragon Tavern in Boston's North End was in operation as early as 1712. In 1764, the Lodge of St. Andrew purchased the Green Dragon Tavern and met there until 1818. In addition to being a meeting place for the Masonic lodge, the tavern is also thought to have been the site of gatherings related to the American Revolution, such as planning for the Boston Tea Party. This is a cast bronze reproduction of the Green Dragon Tavern’s sign. For further information, see Newell, Aimee, et.al., "Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection", 2013, p. 54-55, and blog post, April 5, 2022, https://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2022/04/the-green-dragon.html.



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