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Masonic apron

Object Number: 
1951.523ab
Date: 
1780-1800
Medium: 
Silk, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall (a, apron): 23 1/8 × 16 1/8 × 1/8 in. (58.7 × 41 × 0.3 cm); (b, sash): 4 1/8 × 70 1/4 × 1/8 in. (10.5 x 178.4 x 0.3 cm)
Gallery Label: 

This white silk Masonic apron belonged to Chancellor Livingston, who was an active member of the Freemasons. The iconography embroidered on the front symbolizes the Masonic themes of truth, liberty, and citizenship. The apron itself referenced the original garment of the stonemason, and was a badge of membership and honor within the fraternity. Lodge members commonly wore aprons during important ceremonies. Livingston may have worn his apron while executing his duties as grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of New York, where he was a member from 1784 to 1801.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Goodhue Livingston
Place Made: 
North America, U.S.A.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group