Masonic apron from the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts

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Subject of
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, American, founded 1847
late 18th century
On View
Community/Third Floor, 3 050
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pigment on cloth
On Form: 16 7/8 × 15 3/4 × 8 1/2 in. (42.9 × 40 × 21.6 cm)
H x W (2013.71.1a): 16 3/4 × 17 1/4 in. (42.5 × 43.8 cm)
H x W (2013.71.1b): 52 1/4 × 1 3/4 in. (132.7 × 4.4 cm)
H x W (2013.71.1c): 52 1/2 × 1 3/4 in. (133.4 × 4.4 cm)
A masonic apron from the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The apron is composed of a front piece (2013.71.1a) and two ties (2013.71.1bc). The front of the apron is likely silk and constructed from two pieces sewn together along the top edge. Both have a white central field with blue borders. The main piece is a rough square featuring a compass and sun painted in gold. The upper piece is an isosceles triangle coming to a point 6 3/4" from the top of the apron. It features a gold painted illustration of an eye in the middle of a radiating design. The apron is backed with undecorated cotton or linen, which is discolored and stained. The two detached ribbon ties are blue and likely made of silk.
Place collected
Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
ceremonial costume
Clothing and dress
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
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