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Rare Tracing Board Cloth
VERY RARE and original, ca1800 Masonic Printed Tracing Board Cloth featuring dozens of images of Masonic symbols and emblems along with two, 4 stanza Freemason Songs. This fantastic, late 18th or early 19th century Printed Textile Hanky measures approx. 25 by 23 and is made of a delicate and finely woven cotton fabric. It is printed entirely in red ink using an engraved copper plate. The Handkerchief features a central image of a Masonic Arch enclosing a portrait of King Solomon behind an open book with compass and square before the book and a large letter G hanging above Solomons head. The field surrounding the arch features individual images of dozens of Masonic symbols and emblems as can be seen in the scans below. Below the steps leading up to the central arch the name John Leland has been neatly and expertly added in hand sewn cross stitch in the manner seen on samplers of the period. At the top and the bottom of the textile there are printed the words to 2 different, 4 stanza Songs about Masonry. The first song reads: Let Masons fame resound, Through all the nations round, From pole to pole: See what felicity, Harmless simplicity, Like electricity, Runs through the whole. Such sweet variety, Never had society, Ever before: Faith, Hope, and Charity, Love and Sincerity, Without Temerity, Charm more and more. When in the lodge were met, And in due order set, Happy are we: Our works are glorious, Deeds meritorious, Never censorious, But always free. Masons have long been free, And may they ever be Great as of yore: For many ages past Masonry has stood fast, And may its glory last Till times no more. The entire textile is surrounded by a border featuring many more Masonic Symbols and emblems. The textile is undated and unsigned by the manufacturer but the materials and the style date it to the late 18th or very early 19th century. This delicate and beautiful printed textile is in very good condition. The printed image is strong but a bit fading. The fabric is clean and has only a few scattered small spots of foxing. The Hankie is sound, intact and complete but does have some small areas of thinning as well as a couple of very small holes at the left hand edge. Overall this rare Masonic Printed Handkerchief is well preserved and will display beautifully with a quality matting and framing.
1810s Century Masonic Apron
Very rare and original, ca1810, hand painted American Folk Art Masonic Apron. This outstanding Silk Masonic Apron measures approx. 14 across and 16 from top to bottom. The apron itself is entirely hand sewn with a light blue outer border and a gilt silver metallic inner border. The central image features a pair of Masonic Pillars with globes at the top flanking an image of a checkerboard with 3 candles, the compass and square and a leather volume. The Apron also includes other Masonic images including a beehive, an hourglass, tools, a smoking urn, Noahs Ark, the Sun, the Moon, Stars, etc. The upper flap of the Apron features an image of the all seeing eye. Both the pillars and the image of the All Seeing Eye feature brilliant, gold leaf decoration. We have included a number of pictures below to show the content, quality and condition of this wonderful, very early 19th century Masonic Apron. The Apron is undated and unmarked in any way but it comes from a significant collection of early Masonic pieces and has been identified as ca1805-1810 and purportedly from a Massachusetts Lodge. The materials and the style of decoration are consistent with that seen in early 19th century Masonic Aprons. The Apron is in very good condition - well preserved and without serious physical damage or repairs of any kind. There is a small and unobtrusive area of loss at the image of Noah’s Ark and a second on the illustration of the All Seeing Eye. The gold leaf decoration does exhibit some wear. There is an area of very light water staining to the flap at the top. The blue silk and silver metallic border strips are intact and well preserved and the images are dark and bold and beautiful. Overall this is a very well preserved example of a 200+ year old, Silk Apron and it will display beautifully with a quality framing. A rare and very attractive, ca1810, hand painted American Folk Art Masonic Apron and a fantastic addition to any collection!!