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leather, velvet, bullion
overall: 15 1/2 in x 20 in
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts
District Deputy Grand Master's Apron. Apron is white leather with broad purple velvet border, gold bullion edge and gold bullion fringe. On apron is gold and purple circle emblem with DDGM symbol (compasses, arch and crescent moon) and reads: "China". Left and right are gold and purple levels. False velvet ties. On flap is level. Purple cotton strap with metal hook. Under flap written in pencil: D.D. S. Warden / 2 yrs / 1939 & 1940 / D.D.G.M. / ... 1946 / Installed May 7, 1946 / Res. Aug 26, 1946". Maker label sewn under flap: "Kong Sun / General Tailor / and / Masonic Regalia Specialist / Shanghai"
The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts first chartered a lodge in China in 1863. After World War II, many of China's Masons worked to reestablish the fraternity. District Deputy Grand Master Franklin C. Fette (1877-1959) wore this apron. In 1946 the Grand Lodge installed him in this office in a Boston ceremony. After reviewing the lodge's records kept in Massachusetts, he returned to China and his work of bringing the brothers back together.