Masonic apron from the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts

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Created by
Unidentified
Subject of
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, American, founded 1847
Medium
pigment on cloth
Dimensions
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)
Type
ceremonial costume
Place collected
Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Date
late 18th century
Description
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.
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Communities
Freemasonry
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
Object number
2013.71.1abc
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Exhibition
Making a Way Out of No Way
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 050
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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