Oddfellows apron

Object Number: 
ca. 1820
Leather, silk, paint
Overall: 21 x 18 x 1/8 in. ( 53.3 x 45.7 x 0.3 cm )
painted: across banner at bottom: "ES TO FIDEL ES." painted: bottom, on spine of book: "HOLY / MAN (?)"
Leather apron with bell-shaped top, painted with the Kings Lodge emblem at the top, with a single eye beneath flanked by symbols of a compass and crossed skeleton keys, the central figures are two men in top hats and coat tails on either side of a crest and standing on an inscribed banner, the crest has a raised hand with red palm at the top, two crossed swords supporting a harp and sheet music, and a charicature of a priate at the bottom, across the bottom of the apron from left to right is a skull and cross bones, a book, a scythe and an hourglass; the apron is edged with emerald green silk ribbon ruffle with bows at the corners, has emerald green silk ribbon ties, and is lined with olive green silk.
Gallery Label: 
This apron, from an English Oddfellows lodge, was brought to New York during the 1820s by the donor's great uncle, William Laimbeer (ca. 1791-1861).
Credit Line: 
Gift of John Laimbeer, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group